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Team: Yale Bulldogs
Conference: NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, Ivy League
Head Coach: Tony Reno
Home Games: Yale Bowl
Championships: 27 national championships, 15 Ivy League championships
Yale Bulldog Football TicketsFounded in 1872, the Yale Bulldogs football program led by early coach Walter Camp is considered the birthplace of modern American football. The concepts of scrimmage, ball snaps and plays all came from the Camp-led program at Yale. The Bulldogs dominated early American football until the late 1920s and have won or shared 15 Ivy League championships since 1956. The traditions originating during the matches with rival Harvard are now an ingrained part of college football. Team mascots, fight songs and even the bowl-shaped football stadium were all pioneered as part of “ ”The Game.“ ” Twenty-nine Yale Bulldogs are in the College Football Hall of Fame and 100 alumni of the program are All-American. Brian Dowling, Kenny Hill, Dick Jauron, Chris Hetherington and Calvin Hill are just a few of the 25 Yale Bulldogs that went on to play in the NFL. Get tickets to a Yale Bulldogs game at StubHub.
Who are the current stars on the Yale Bulldogs team?Kurt Rawlings has been the Yale Bulldogs’ starting quarterback since 2016 and was leading the league in passing and total yards before he broke his leg in the middle of last year’s season. Rawlings should be back for his senior year in 2019, and he will have two top receivers, Reed Klubnik and JP Shohfi.
What happens at a Yale football game?A Yale football game, particularly at the 61,000-seat Yale Bowl, is steeped in revelry and tradition. The Bulldogs enter the stadium arm in arm behind the Yale Precision Marching Band and walk through a huge crowd of cheering students, faculty and fans. Handsome Dan, the 18th in a line of bulldog mascots, strides up and down the sidelines on his leash. The Yale band performs at half time and runs from formation to formation rather than marching. In the third quarter, the band often plays “ ”The Stripper,“ ” and underclassmen strip down to their underwear. Students sing fight songs like “ ”Boola Boola“ ” that were written by Cole Porter, and if the game is against Harvard, all the Yale supporters wave white handkerchiefs at the rival team to send it on its way back to Cambridge.
Is there tailgating at a Yale football game?Yes, there are tailgate parties in the parking lots around the Yale Bowl. There are usually some restrictions on the length of pre-game parties and outside alcohol.
How much do Yale Bulldog tickets cost?Yale Bulldog football tickets start at around $10 and can run as high as $200 for premium reserved seats at the Harvard-Yale game.
What was the most memorable Yale Bulldogs game?Most fans point to a few of the Harvard-Yale games as the most memorable in Bulldogs history. In 1968, Harvard was down 29-13 in the last two minutes of the game. The Crimsons pulled off two touchdowns with two-point conversions to tie the game. In 1864, “ ”The Game“ ” resulted in five players being hospitalized, and the schools suspended the matches for the next two years. The Harvard-Yale game is also famous for pranks pulled by another Boston university. During the second quarter of the 1982 game, a large black balloon emerged from under the field with MIT printed on the side. It inflated and burst in a cloud of talcum powder.
What was the Yale Bulldog’s record last year?The Yale Bulldogs finished their 146th season in 2018 5-5 in overall play and 3-4 in the Ivy League. The team is ranked No. 1 in the Ivy League for the upcoming 2019 season.
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