The Bulldog Walk is one of the most exhilarating traditions in Ivy League football. Eighty minutes before kickoff, the entire Yale Football team gathers under the Walter Camp Memorial to start its march to the illustrious Yale Bowl. Led by the captain and the head coach, the players lock arms while following the Yale Precision Marching Band on the 1000-foot march into the Bowl. Fans, students, parents, and alumni line both sides of the path to enthusiastically cheer on their Bulldogs. As the team enters the Bowl gates, they walk along the outside walls of the stadium as they make their way onto Jensen Plaza to enter the team room. The Bulldog Walk is an unparalleled experience that can only be fully understood by taking part in the historic tradition.
“The Bulldog Walk gave me chills as all of the fans lined up to cheer the team on as we made our way to the Bowl. I took visits to other Ivy Schools and none of their fan bases and community support compared to that which I have experienced at Yale.” – Foye Oluokun ‘17
At the end of pregame warm-ups the Yale Football players return to the Team Room located in the Kenney Center one last time before kick-off. After the team recites the “Yale Football Creed”, the players walk down the stairs to enter the tunnel. At the end of the tunnel eagerly awaiting the team you can see the band and the cheerleaders lined up on both sides of the field entrance as well as the fans looking down into the tunnel from above. The speakers in the tunnel start blasting music and the guys on the team mentally prepare themselves to sprint out onto the field. After one last word from the captain he sprints out of the tunnel with his teammates on his heels, ready to dominate the opponent.
Bulldog Fight Song
At the end of every Yale Football victory, both at home and on the road, the team gathers together on the sidelines to turn to the fans and sing the Bulldog Fight Song. This is yet another example of the rich history and traditions associated with the Yale Football program.
Yet another unique tradition of Yale Football is the parent tailgate that occurs when we play at home in the Yale Bowl. The parents have their own parking lot, which serves as the site for the tailgate both before and after the game. The parking lot holds a large shed where all parents & families are able to store their tailgating necessities so they can avoid having to travel with them to each and every game. At the end of every home game, the players on the team make their way out to join their families and friends in the parking lot. When the boys arrive they go straight to the catered meal before breaking off and going car-to-car in order to continue stacking their plates with as much food as the plates can hold. Each year one of the senior’s mom serves as the “Team Mom” to help organize this special Yale Football tradition.
The top goal of this program is to be the best team in the league at the end of each season. Winning an Ivy Championship is a result of success in many areas. Players, coaches, and administration all work together to achieve this accomplishment.”