Driving into Boulder, Colorado is a memorable sight. With the Rocky Mountains to your left and the famous red tiled roofs of Colorado’s campus blanketing the city, you get a sense of something special. Set against the Flatirons, Folsom Field provides some of the best views in college football. Parking was a challenge, but once I was set, the tailgating atmosphere proved to be worth the parking fees.
Just before kickoff, there is a flurry of activity in front of the stadium where a large statue of a buffalo stands strong and the words, “Folsom Field,” sparkle gold against the sunlight. Perhaps you’ll run into Chip, the Buffalo entertaining the fans or hear the spirited sounds of The Golden Buffalo Marching Band. Boundless actions sizzles around the perimeter of Folsom Field as kickoff looms.
From inside the stadium, a view of the Rockies towering over the stadium provided one of the best backdrops in sports. The fans always come out in full force “shoulder to shoulder” as their fight song proclaims. It especially rises to the occasion when Colorado’s mascot, Ralphie, a 1,300 pound buffalo, leads the team onto the field. Ralphie’s entrance is one of the most famous traditions in college football. The stampeding rumble from a single Buffalo sends vibrations up the bleachers and into the mountains. It is one of those traditions that sets college football apart from all other sports.
The city of Boulder offers a classically cool vibe – one of the most unique college towns. Much of the post game action collects on Pearl Street, which offers a long strip of eclectic shops and restaurants. Folsom Field and Boulder, Colorado is a must stop for any college football fan – the setting alone will satisfy.