Yale Bulldogs Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: James Jones

Team Mascot: Handsome Dan

Year Opened: 1932

Capacity: 2532

City / State: New Haven / Connecticut

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Yale Bulldogs vs Harvard Crimson

Rival Team: Harvard Crimson

Harvard-Yale is one of the most famous rivalries in college sports. While the football game may get the majority of the press, there is lots of bad blood between these longtime rivals on the court as well. A Harvard-Yale game should be on the bucket list of any college sports fan, so make sure to get your tickets to Harvard-Yale.

Yale Bulldogs vs Columbia Lions

Rival Team: Columbia Lions

Columbia and Yale have the longest continuous rivalry in college basketball, so you better believe you’ll be in for a good matchup whenever these two Ivy League schools get together. There is no love lost when Columbia and Yale's clash making a Columbia-Yale game one of the best times to take in a game at Payne Whitney Gymnasium.

Yale Bulldogs Stadium Guide

In Game

Attending a Yale basketball game is like stepping back in time. Payne Whitney Gymnasium is one of the oldest facilities in the country and features an old school look and feel you’ll struggle to find just about anywhere else in college hoops. The fact the arena still has wooden chair-back seats enhances the throwback feel and fully immerses you in the old school atmosphere.

The in-game entertainment at Yale follows the same old school line ‘em up and play style of the facility. You won’t find a lot of bells and whistles here at Yale. The majority of in-game entertainment, besides the action on the court, is provided by the pep band and cheer squad, which keeps things simple and traditional.

Before or after the game take some time to see all the sights and sounds that Yale and New Haven have to offer. You’ll be able to take a tour of the Yale campus before the game, and there are lots of nearby museums to see as well. If you’re looking for something to eat or drink, you’ll also be in luck as there are plenty of options New Haven including Sally’s and Frank Pepe’s.

If you’re looking for an old school basketball experience, then you can’t beat taking in a Yale Bulldogs game at Payne Whitney Gymnasium.

Things to check out

Original Handsome Dan

When attending a Yale basketball game, make sure to check out the stuffed original Handsome Dan mascot near the entrance. Stop by and see the dog that started the string of beloved Yale mascots during your trip to New Haven.

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U.S. Squash Hall of Fame

Squash is a very popular sport at Yale, and the university is even home to the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame. Check out the museum to learn more about the game of squash as well as the best players to ever play the sport.


Hanging above the court are banners celebrating the Bulldogs Ivy League championships and NCAA Tournament appearances. The banners honor all of the best teams in school history including the 2016 team that advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament, so check them all out.

Old Records Plaque

See the plaque displaying athletic records from 1893 during your trip to Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The gym is one of the oldest buildings in college basketball, and as a result, you’ll find lots of past relics around the facility.

Pep Band

The Yale pep band will keep you entertained throughout the game with their tunes. The band provides most of the atmosphere at Yale and puts on a fantastic performance, so enjoy their musical displays throughout the game.

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The cheerleaders do their best to keep everyone engaged with the action on the court. They get everyone pumped up even when the Bulldogs are struggling and are a big part of the pageantry found inside Lee Amphitheater on game days.

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Fight Songs

  1. "Bulldog”

    Bulldog!  Bulldog!
    Bow, wow, wow
    Eli Yale
    Bulldog!  Bulldog!
    Bow, wow, wow
    Our team can never fail

    When the sons of Eli
    Break through the line
    That is the sign we hail
    Bulldog!  Bulldog!
    Bow, wow, wow
    Eli Yale!

  2. “Bright College Years”

    Bright college years with pleasure rife
    The shortest, gladdest years of life
    How swiftly are ye gliding by
    O why does time so quickly fly
    The seasons come, the seasons go
    The earth is green or white with snow
    But time and change shall not avail
    To break the friendships formed at Yale

    In after years should trouble rise
    To cloud the blue of sunny skies
    How bright will seem through mem’ry’s haze
    Those happy golden bygone days
    O let us strive that ever we
    May let these words our watch cry be
    Where e’er upon life’s sea we sail:
    “For God, for country, and for Yale!”

  3. “Here’s to Good Old Yale”

  4. “Boola Boola”

    Boola boola, boola boola
    Boola boola, boola boola
    When we rough house poor old hahvahd
    They will holler, “Boola boo”
    Oh Yale, Eli Yale!  Oh Yale, Eli Yale!
    Oh Yale, Eli Yale!  Oh Yale, Eli Yale!

  5. “Goodnight, Poor hahvahd”

    Goodnight, poor hahvahd
    hahvahd, goodnight
    Oh, we’ve got your number
    You’re high as a kite
    Oh, goodnight, poor hahvahd
    You’re tucked in tight
    When the big blue
    Team gets after you
    hahvahd, goodnight!

  6. “Bingo”

    Bingo!  Bingo!
    Bingo, bingo, bingo!  That’s the lingo.
    Eli is bound to win,
    There’s to be a victory,
    So watch the team begin.
    Bingo!  Bingo!
    hahvahd’s team cannot prevail.
    Fight!  Fight!
    Fight with all your might,
    For Bingo, Bingo, Eli Yale!

Yale Bulldogs Bars & Restaurants

  1. Archie Moore’s


    Chicken wings & other casual bites anchor this chain American eatery with Coca-Cola-themed decor.

    188 1/2 Willow St, New Haven, CT 06511, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. Geronimo


    Southwestern fare paired with lots of tequilas in a buzzy, low-lit hive with porch dining.

    271 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06511, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Gryphon’s Pub at GPSCY


    This unassuming hangout features tap beers, karaoke nights & memberships for Yale grad students.

    204 York St, New Haven, CT 06511, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  4. Oak Haven Table & Bar

    Oak Haven Table and Bar

    This cozy, classy gastropub offers tapas & farm-to-table mains, with a whiskey & craft beer bar.

    932 State St, New Haven, CT 06511, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  5. Rudy’s Bar


    New digs for a 75+-year-old gathering spot, with beers, Belgian fries & pub fare, but less graffiti.

    1227 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06511, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. Sports Haven

    Sports Haven

    Cavernous sports tavern featuring pub eats, giant TVs, pool & more, plus organized sports betting.

    600 Long Wharf Dr, New Haven, CT 06511, USA

    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  7. Ordinary New Haven

    Ordinary New Haven

    Once the bar of the Hotel Taft, this restored dark-wood haunt serves charcuterie & cheese boards.

    990 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  8. Elm City Social

    Cocktails Mikeys Bar Grill

    New American bites & artisanal cocktails served in a vibrant gastropub with a rooftop patio.

    266 College St, New Haven, CT 06510, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  9. Louis’ Lunch


    Tiny rustic lunch spot with claims of having invented the hamburger, which it still serves on toast.

    261 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06511, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  10. Modern Apizza

    Pizza Palermo Subs Missys Village

    Brick-oven, thin-crust pizzas & a few Italian classics served in a roomy, unadorned space.

    874 State St, New Haven, CT 06511, USA

    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  11. Yorkside Pizza & Restaurant

    Yorkside Pizza

    Greek diner & student go-to serving pizza & hearty eats late in simple digs hung with old photos.

    288 York St, New Haven, CT 06511, USA

    Bar website

    european - pizza - $$

  12. Pizza at the Brick Oven

    Bellas Pizza of Bristol Pizza Don Vitos Italian Restaurant Pizza Chiefs Place PIzza Pizza Patriot Pub & Grub Pizza Robertos Pizza Ranias Restaurant Pizza The Prescott Pizza Pleasant City Wood Fired Grille Pauls Deli Restaurant Wildcat Angelas Ristorante Pizzeria

    Brick Oven Pizza in New Haven, CT is also known as Pizza at the Brick Oven serving New Haven and surrounding area since 1999 with high-quality food

    122 Howe St, New Haven, CT 06511, USA

    Bar website

    italian - pizza - $

  13. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletano


    Casual local pizzeria chain serving a menu of coal-fired pies, beer & wine since 1925.

    157 Wooster St, New Haven, CT 06511, USA

    Bar website

    pizza - $$