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2019 WeAreSC Travel Guide: Game 8 – At Colorado

COLORADO BUFFALOES (3-4, 1-3 Pac-12 South)/ USC TROJANS (4-3, 3-1 Pac-12 South)
OCT. 25: 7 p.m.MT/6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET
Televised: ESPN2
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Stadium: Folsom Field
Capacity: 50,183
Surface: Sports grass
Seating Chart: http://www.cubuffs.com/fls/600/FolsomField/Map.htm
Ticket: 800-87-BUFFS

The opening line: The Trojans opened a 10-point favorites over Colorado.

Projected Friday Boulder Weather Game Day Forecast (UPDATED): Sunny with a high of 60, a low of 41 degrees, 48 percent humidity, 0 percent precipitation.

It is said that Boulder and the University of Colorado (photo above) is just beautiful in the autumn and the winter.

Websites:  cubuffs.com/ usctrojans.com


From Denver International Airport

Freeway (Approximately 55 minutes; 44.7 miles)

  1. Follow signs for Pena Boulevard exiting the airport.
  2. In 11 miles, exit onto I-70 Westbound.
  3. In 4 miles, exit onto I-270 Westbound.
  4. In 6.5 miles, continue onto US-36 Westbound.
  5. In 20 miles, arrive at Colorado Avenue (first stoplight in Boulder).

Toll Road (Approximately 45 minutes; 43 miles)

  1. Follow signs for Pena Boulevard exiting the airport.
  2. In 3 miles, exit on E-470 Northbound. (exit 6B)
  3. In 17.5 miles, continue on Northwest Parkway.
  4. In 9.4 miles, exit onto US-36 Westbound.
  5. In 9.3 miles, arrive at Colorado Avenue (first stoplight in Boulder).

From Denver And Areas South

  1. Follow I-25 Northbound and exit onto US-36 Westbound.
  2. In 20 miles, arrive at Colorado Avenue (first stoplight in Boulder).

From the North Via I-25 or US-287

  1. If On I-25, Exit To HW-119. (Exit 240)
  2. If On US-287, In Longmont, turn west onto Ken Pratt Blvd/HW-119.
  3. Once in Boulder, HW-119 becomes HW-157/Foothills Parkway.
  4. Turn right (west) onto Colorado Avenue.
  5. For East Campus, turn left on 33rd Avenue, otherwise continue on Colorado Avenue via the directions below.
  6. For South Campus, continue on HW-119 and turn right (west) on South Boulder Road, turn right onto Table Mesa Drive, then left onto South Loop Drive.

From the East Via I-70

  1. Exit onto I-270 Westbound.
  2. In 6.5 miles, continue onto US-36 Westbound.
  3. In 20 miles, arrive at Colorado Avenue (first stoplight in Boulder).

From the Northeast Via I-76

  1. From I-76, take Exit 6 To Merge Onto I-270 Westbound, Continue Onto US-36 Westbound.
  2. In 20 miles, arrive at Colorado Avenue (first stoplight in Boulder).

From The West

  1. From I-70 Eastbound, take exit 260 toward US-6 W/6th Avenue.
  2. In 18 miles, turn right onto 27th Street.
  3. In 3 miles, use the middle lane to turn right onto Baseline Street.
  4. In 2 miles, turn left to merge onto US-36 Westbound.
  5. In 2 miles, arrive at Colorado Avenue (next stoplight).

Directions To: Folsom Field, Champions Center, IPF

  1. On your smart phone, search “2150 Colorado Ave; Boulder, CO” OR.
  2. Get to US-36 & Colorado Avenue via directions above.
  3. Take a left (west) onto Colorado Avenue.
  4. Turn right on Folsom Avenue (second stoplight).
  5. Turn left on Stadium Drive (first left).
  6. Turn left into parking garage, public parking on first level.

Public Parking

  • Pre-purchased parking is available online. You may purchase your main campus football parking permit for $25. You can purchase parking for $30 (credit card or cash) on game day. Purchase your Football Game Day parking permit online.
  • Advantages to purchasing the pre-sold permit include: parking in any public event parking lots on main campus. Parking lots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, there is no guaranteed space in specific lots.
  • Parking on east campus, off Colorado Avenue & Discovery Drive, costs $15 (credit card or cash) on game day. There is a free shuttle to/from the Stadium beginning three hours prior to kick off and running until one hour after the game ends. East campus parking is not available for pre-purchase.
  • Parking lots open for football game parking six (6) hours before kick-off. As you enter campus, attendants and police will direct you. (Please review CU Boulder’s Event Parking Rules.)
  • Campus parking is limited. Please arrive an hour before kickoff to ensure space availability.
  • Allow yourself extra travel time as traffic may be heavy.
  • If you are carrying a bag to the game, please make sure you have a clear bag, no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches (or a one-gallon resealable clear plastic storage bag) before leaving your vehicle.
  • When a football game ends, 60 minutes of heavy outgoing traffic takes precedence over gaining access to main campus.

After the Game

Due to the high-volume of traffic post game, it is best to avoid entering or driving on campus for 60 minutes following the completion of a game.

Permit holders who must drive into campus during post-game traffic must enter at Regent Drive from northbound Broadway. When you show the parking attendant your CU Boulder parking permit (virtual permits will be scanned by license plate number) and tell them you are seeking access to your residence hall or work site you will be directed to an available parking space. To avoid receiving a citation please follow their directions.

Tommy Trojan Thursday Night and Friday Game Day Tips

Pearl Street Stampede (Thursday night)

The night before each home game, head to the Pearl Street Mall at 7pm for a fun, family-friendly pep rally and parade. The Pearl Street Stampede features a vintage firetruck, the CU marching band, the cheer team and Chip the mascot, all making their way down Pearl whipping up crowds as they go. It starts at the Boulder County Courthouse (at 13th and Pearl) and moves westward.

For those ink downtown Boulder on Thursday night, be sure to check out the Pearl Street Stampede (photo above) at 7 p.m.

Campus: A picturesque campus with beautiful mountains in the background, there are places of interest for visitors The University Memorial Center is a happening. More than 25,000 people use the University Memorial Center (UMC) each day as a gathering place, restaurant, and shopping center. The UMC also houses the CU Book Store and a branch of the credit union. In addition, there are concerts and guest lectures in the Glenn Miller Ballroom, movies in the Forum Room, and performances by local bands in Club 156. The Connection has bowling, pool tables, and an arcade. There is also the Fiske Planetarium and Sommers-Bausch Observatory for those looking to view the heavens.

Ralphie’s Corral (Game Day):

Ralphie’s Corral is the official tailgate event for CU football games. (Ralphie is CU’s mascot — an honest-to-goodness real live buffalo.) The Corral is open to everyone, no registration required, and is held on the lawn south of the Duane Physics building. Enjoy:

  • Photo ops with Ralphie (see below for more about Ralphie)
  • Performances by the CU Marching Band and Spirit Squad
  • Fun games for kids
  • Pictures with Chip, our costumed mascot
  • Prizes and giveaways
  • Great music
  • Concessions 
Ralphie’s Corral, a tailgate party, is named after Ralphie’s the Buffalo (photo above), who comes charging onto the field just prior to kickoff.

Clear bag policy: http://www.cubuffs.com/sports/2017/7/19/clear-bag-policy.aspx

Buffalo Walk: Trojan fans can do a pregame scouting report of the Colorado football team. Join the CU Marching Band, Spirit Squad, Chip and other Buffs fans 2.5 hours (4:30 pm) before kickoff as the football team makes its way from the buses on Colorado Avenue to the locker room along the east side of the stadium. 

Trojan Walk – The Trojans team busses figure to arrive at Folsom Field approximately between 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

It’s expected the Trojans’ busses and the Trojans Walk (photo above) will arrive at Folsom Field on Friday night around 4:30 p.m.

Game Day Sports Bar/Restaurants:

Game day food options

  • The Buff (.8 mile from Folsom Field) A longtime favorite breakfast and brunch spot known for their Saddlebags, Pancakes and skillets. This video says it all.
  • Village Coffee Shop (.6 mile from Folsom Field) No-frills diner food done right. Fluffy pancakes, ultra-crispy hashbrowns, biscuits and gravy, and more.
  • The Sink (.6 mile from Folsom Field) Killer burgers and pizza, graffitied walls, 15-some beers on tap and a build-your-own mule bar. See photo below.
  • Rincon Argentino (.6 mile from Folsom Field) Fresh-baked empanadas in a casual spot with a small patio close to Folsom Field.
  • Zolo Grill (.7 mile from Folsom Field) A good one to take parents to, this Southwest cuisine is delish and so are the margaritas (including the signature Zolorita).
  • Half Fast Subs (.6 mile from Folsom Field) Really tasty, creative subs and a sunny patio on which to devour them. 
The Stink (photo above) is a restaurant establishment recommended as a hangout before a CU game.

Pre- and post-game bars

  • The Sundown Saloon (1.1 miles from Folsom Field) Cheap pitchers of beer, a pool table, darts and a dive-y underground vibe.
  • License No. 1 (1.3 miles from Folsom Field) Below the Hotel Boulderado, this historic cocktail bar had the first liquor license in Boulder. Great specials make it popular with students and locals.
  • The Dark Horse (1.1 miles from Folsom Field) Fun, kitschy décor, laid-back vibes and good food. 
  • Pearl Street Pub and Cellar (1.2 miles from Folsom Field) Affordable pints, a hearty happy hour, foosball and billiards in this low-key, old-school spot on Pearl.
  • Bohemian Biergarten (1.2 miles from Folsom Field) Long, wooden tables, pretzel, sausages and German beers in huge steins.
  • Backcountry Pizza and Tap House (.6 mile from Folsom Field) So many beers, so little time — and it’s very close to Folsom Field, too.

Greg Katz

Now entering his 59th season of either writing, broadcasting, or just plain watching USC football, WeAreSC columnist Greg Katz began his affiliation with the website back in 2001, introducing his well-received O/NSO (The Obvious/The Not So Obvious) column and later adding his respected IMHO Sunday opinion and tidbits column. Greg, a former ESPN.com college football columnist covering USC, is also a member of the Football Writer's Association of America. He is also known in Southern California as a professional public address announcer, having called the the 1996 Rose Bowl Game between USC and Northwestern. Greg also holds a master's degree in athletic administration and was a former varsity high school coach of 27 years.

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