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FA L L 2 0 1 7 | 54 | University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, Colorado For University of Colorado fans, Folsom Field is a tradition in and of itself. Having been the home field of the Colorado Buffaloes for nearly a century, it serves as a symbol of the team’s long history. The 2016 season saw the Buffaloes battle their way to the postseason for the first time in a decade. The fans’ loud cheers and game day traditions have added to the excitement surrounding the success. Tailgating is a treat in Boulder, especially before big games like homecom- ing. Special student-only tailgates offer food for current scholars, while alumni and fans are wel- comed to Ralphie’s Corral before every home game for music from the marching band, food, games and photo opportunities with the buffalo mascot, Ralphie. On game day, football fans flock to the Monarch of the Plains sculpture outside of Folsom Field, where they rub the buffalo sculpture’s horns for good luck. Though this has only been around for a little over 20 years, it’s a tradition that celebrates both the team and the spirit of the buffalo. Speaking of spirit, fans at a Colorado Buffaloes game will see plenty of it exhibited on the field before the game even starts—in the form of Ralphie. Now the fifth buffalo to take center stage since the tradition was enacted in the 1960s, the unique thing about Running with Ralphie is the student involvement. Five han- dlers are required for each run, traveling with her and guiding her across the field. The University of Colorado’s president and alumni association don’t let the fun stop when the team goes out of town. Referred to as BuffsBash, these traveling tailgates have welcomed fans at away games across the country from California to Michigan. ESCAPES aso om Clemson University Clemson, South Carolina The South is known for its love of football. With traditions rooted in the university’s history, it’s no wonder Clemson has made a name for itself for having one of the best teams in the region. The reigning national champions have luck on their side thanks to the pregame rubbing of Howard’s Rock and a trip down “The Hill.” Back in 1942, the football team suited up at the nearby Fike Field House. When game time rolled around, the players entered through the closest gate, at the east end zone, and ran down a hill inside the stadium to their side- line. Little did they know they’d be starting a tradition that now includes cheering fans, cannon blasts and the band playing “Tiger Rag” as a flag featuring a paw print waves in the breeze. Now hand in hand with the symbolic run, players make sure to rub Howard’s Rock before every home game. Situated on a pedestal at the top of “The Hill,” the rock is said to bring good luck to the team, as it did during their win over Wake Forest the day the tradition started in 1967. While these traditions take place during every home game, the Clemson Tigers enjoy throwing in a few special celebrations throughout the year. Homecoming is an obvious one, with student organizations creating homecoming displays at Bowman Field, a regular hangout for students on campus. Also part of the homecoming festivities, Tigerama takes place on the Friday night before the big game. First held in 1957, Tigerama serves as one of the largest student-run pep rallies each year, including live entertainment in the form of skits and fireworks. Additionally, a parade is held on the Friday before the first home game, marking another special point in the year. Then there’s the tailgating. Deemed the fifth best tailgate in the South this year by Southern Living magazine, and the top overall in 2012, you know a trip to Clemson University is going to be a blast. In true Southern fashion, the outfits are often reflective of something you would wear to a dinner party as opposed to a football game. Ladies can be spotted in purple and orange sun- dresses while men opt for orange polos or button-downs. Tickets allow attendees to leave the stadium at halftime, and the party crowd keeps the tailgating going even after the game is over.