After just getting back from Boulder, Colorado, it’s clear to me that I made the right choice in going. Knowing Colorado isn’t a very good team, Bruin fans may have been reluctant to spend the money and make the trip 1,000+ miles away. There are three types of people who enjoy college football: fans of a certain team, fans of the sport, fans of both. For me, as a fan of both the UCLA Bruins and a fan of College Football in general, making the trip this past weekend was a no brainer. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should go to a game at Colorado.
- Colorado is in the Pac 12- When Colorado became a new member of the Pac 12 in 2011, a new venue should have been added to your College Football bucket list. When the Bruins travel to Colorado every other year, don’t you want to know what it is like to be right there with them? Now, even if I never go to another game in Boulder, I know the environment UCLA will be playing in.
- The fans- Before making the trip, I did my research, and the consensus is that Colorado has great fans who love to talk football. This could not be more true. Unlike the trash across town, Colorado fans were genuinely interested in getting to know about you and your team, while also knowing how to have a good time with friendly banter.
- Ralphy the Buffalo- Ralphy the Buffalo running across the field as the Colorado Buffalo football team follows behind him is, without a doubt, one of the best traditions in college football. If you don’t know about Ralphy, that’s more reason to go find out. The Colorado fans love their live mascot and proudly claim that he is the best in all of College Football. After seeing Ralphy live, it’s hard to disagree.
- The Campus- UCLA is inarguably one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, but Colorado is right there with them. With the beautiful Rocky Mountains in the background, the setting is perfect for a 136 year old masterpiece of a campus.
- Tailgating- Reason number five may not be for everyone, but some may love it. The tailgating at Colorado is “low key.” After grandeur tailgating parties at the Rose Bowl the last three weeks, it was nice to relax outside Folsom Field. We brought all the essentials and had a great time, but the atmosphere was relaxed. Tailgaters spread across the campus in different parking lots and have a good time.
- If you drive, the scenery is unbeatable. Cutting directly through Colorado and then driving over the Rocky Mountains in early Fall is almost majestic. Coming back, the sunset in St. George, Utah is something that can only be appreciated in person. If you have the time, and have a vehicle to make the drive, you won’t regret it.