Yale Bulldogs Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Head Coach: Tony Reno

Team Mascot: Handsome Dan

Year Opened: 1914

Capacity: 61446

City / State: New Haven / Connecticut

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

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The Game

Rival Team: Harvard Crimson

The rivalry between Harvard and Yale is the third most played rivalry in Division I college football and is one of the best rivalries in college sports. Sports Illustrated named the rivalry the sixth-best in college sports and no matter what the sport or contest there are always bragging rights on the line between the two Ivy League schools. Harvard and Yale flat out hate each other, and it's no different on the gridiron. The Bulldogs hold a 66-59-8 lead in the rivalry and you won’t want to miss it when they take on Harvard.

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Yale Bulldogs vs Princeton Tigers

Rival Team: Princeton Tigers

The rivalry between Princeton and Yale is the oldest rivalry in American football dating back to 1873. The Ivy League teams have met 139 times over the years, and the Bulldogs lead the all-time series 76-53-10. You won’t want to miss it when Princeton and Yale clash, so make sure to get your tickets when the Tigers come to town.

Yale Bulldogs vs Penn Quakers

Rival Team: Penn Quakers

The Penn-Yale rivalry began in 1879 with the Bulldogs winning the first 12 meetings. The rivalry was dormant from 1893 to 1925. However, since the renewal of the rivalry, it’s been one of the better rivalries in the Ivy League with the Quakers holding a slim 35-36-1 lead. The matchup with Penn is typically one of the best games of the season, so don’t miss it when the Quakers come to New Haven.

Yale Bulldogs Tailgate Guide


Tailgating is a big part of any Yale football game, so arrive early and join in the pregame fun. The area near the Yale Bowl is full of tailgaters on game days creating a fun atmosphere that any tailgate lover or college football fan would enjoy. Everywhere you look, you’ll see Bulldogs alumni, students, and fans dressed in blue and white.

One of the must-see events before a Yale game is the Bulldog Walk. The Bulldog Walk takes place 80 minutes before kickoff and is your chance to give the football team some extra inspiration before the game. Don’t miss the Bulldogs players and coaches as they make their way from Walter Camp Memorial to the stadium.

In addition to the Bulldog Walk, Yale also offers plenty of places for you to tailgate. Yale students will have a fantastic time at the Yale Student Tailgate Village. The Yale Student Tailgate Village provides everything you could need for a tailgate including drinks, food, and live music. Visiting fans will also have a blast tailgating before a game at the Yale Bowl as Lot A is home to the visiting tailgating help creating a large contingent of visiting tailgates.

Tailgating at Yale is a lot of fun, so get to the Yale Bowl early and enjoy all the pregame festivities.


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The Bulldog Walk

You won’t want to miss the Bulldog Walk, which takes place 80 minutes before kickoff. The Bulldog Walk gives you the opportunity to see the players and coaches before the game as they walk from Walter Camp Memorial to the Yale Bowl, making it a can’t miss part of the pregame festivities.

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Jensen Plaza

Stop by Jensen Plaza and see the names of every football player in Yale history. Each Yale team has a brick, so take some time to remember your favorite past Bulldogs teams and players.

Handsome Dan Statue

Snap a picture with the Handsome Dan statue located outside Jensen Plaza. The statue is a must-see for any Bulldogs fan and presents an excellent photo op as well.

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Where to tailgate

Yale Bulldogs Stadium Guide

In Game

The Yale Bowl is one of the most historic stadiums in college football making a trip to New Haven a must for any college football fan. The stadium was the first bowl stadium as well as the site of the first football game radio broadcast in 1922. The Yale Bowl oozes history, and you can feel the aura and history of the stadium the second you step foot into the Yale Bowl.

The history of the Yale Bowl isn’t the only thing that makes attending a Bulldogs game a great experience. The fans are also a big part of what makes attending a Yale game a memorable experience. Throughout the game, you’ll hear a variety of cheers and chants creating a fun atmosphere that you’ll without a doubt enjoy.

Finally, the pageantry of a Yale football game is also among the best in the FCS. The Yale Precision Marching Band puts on a great show before the game and during halftime. You also won’t want to miss your opportunity to see Yale’s famous mascot Handsome Dan live and in person.

A trip to the Yale Bowl should be on the bucket list of any diehard college football fan as it’s one of the most historic stadiums in the sport.

Things to check out

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Handsome Dan

Handsome Dan has been Yale’s mascot since 1889 and is a can’t miss part of any Bulldogs game. You’ll spot Handsome Dan at every Yale game and he does a great job of inspiring the team and fans, so keep an eye out for him throughout the game.

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Yale Precision Marching Band

The Yale Precision Marching Band puts on a fantastic halftime show and will keep you entertained throughout the game with their tunes. The band provides a lot 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 field. They get everyone pumped up even when the Bulldogs are struggling and are a big part of the pageantry found inside the Yale Bowl on game days.

Fight Songs

  1. Bulldog

    fight song (played after every touchdown)

    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. Down the Field

    Fight song (played at the end of games)

    March, march on down the field
    Fighting for Eli
    Break through that crimson line
    Their strength to defy
    We’ll give a long cheer for Eli’s men
    We’re here to win again
    hahvahd’s team may fight to the end
    But YALE!  WILL!  WIN!

  3. Bright College Years

    Alma mater

    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!”

  4. Here’s to Good Old Yale

    Fight song

  5. Boola Boola (The Football Medley)

    Fight song

    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!

  6. Goodnight, Poor Harvard

    fFor Harvard games

    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!

  7. Bingo

    For Harvard games

    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!

  8. Long Cheer


    ko-ax, ko-ax!

    ko-ax, ko-ax!

    O-op! O-op!


    Yale! Yale! Yale!
    Rah! Rah! Rah!
    Rah! Rah! Rah!
    Rah! Rah! Rah!
    Team! Team! Team!

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 - $$