A Few of Our Favorite Things About Gameday at Kansas

Brandon Bourbon

Brandon Bourbon, Sr., RB

"Singing the Rock Chalk Chant after the game is my favorite tradition. We only do it after a win so it means more to me."

Ben Goodman

Ben Goodman, Sr., DL

"One of my favorite parts of gameday is touching the Jayhawk on the way to the field. We take great pride in being Jayhawks."

Isaiah Johnson

Isaiah Johnson, Sr., S

"My favorite gameday tradition is when the crowd 'Waves the Wheat' after we score, because it's cool to see 50,000 fans show their support."

Jimmay Mundine

Jimmay Mundine, Sr., TE

"I love driving down Maine Street and then pulling into the stadium and seeing all the fans getting ready to come support us. It's exciting."

JaCorey Shepherd

JaCorey Shepherd, Sr., CB

"It's a great feeling walking out of the locker room, seeing the fans lined up for high fives. It gives us great energy as we take the field."

Victor Simmons

Victor Simmons, Sr., Buck

"Singing the alma mater with the students after a win is one of my favorite things about gameday in Memorial Stadium."

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Charlie Weis

Charlie Weis (HC)

The owner of four NFL Super Bowl rings and one-time National College Coach of the Year after coaching teams to back-to-back BCS Bowl Games, Kansas head coach Charlie Weis enters the third season of his revitalization effort at KU. Weis has undoubtedly picked the Jayhawks' football program up and set it on a firm foundation while continuing his goal of turning Kansas into consistent winners.

John Reagan

John Reagan (OC)

Considered one of the bright, young offensive minds in college football, John Reagan returns to Kansas after helping Rice to a Conference USA Championship in 2013 and guiding the Owls to their second-most productive offensive season in 2012. Reagan previously spent five years as an assistant coach at KU (2005-09) where he helped the Jayhawks produce the best season in school history and set numerous offensive school records.

Clint Bowen

Clint Bowen (DC)

A former leading tackler for the Jayhawks at defensive back, Clint Bowen has revamped and reenergized the Jayhawk defense as its coordinator. Playing in one of the most high-powered offensive conferences in the country, Bowen has accepted the challenge of improving one of the nation's most pourous defenses prior to his arrival and has the unit giving up nearly 100 yards less per game over the last two years.

"In this family, our blood runs deep,
and our loyalties even deeper.
Check your pulse, make sure you're ready,
because this fight takes every single one of us."

Players to Watch - Kansas

It's more than just a passion - it's Saturday morning heroes and Sunday morning bragging rights...

Montell Cozart

#2 | QB | Kansas City, Missouri

Cozart was name KU's starting quarterback after he earned Offensive MVP honors in KU's annual Spring Game, leading his Blue team to a 20-10 win over the White team. He finished the game completing 6-of-10 passes for 58 yards, while also rushing for 70 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.

Ngalu Fusimalohi

#63 | OL | Daly City, California

Fusimalohi started every game of his first season at Kansas on the interior of the line and earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention for helping open holes for 1,000-yard rusher James Sims and the Kansas ground attack.

Ben Heeney

#31 | LB | Hutchinson, Kansas

Heeney missed a pair of games in the middle of the conference slate but still finished with a team-best 88 total stops, including 11.5 tackles for loss and the first three interceptions of his career.

Isaiah Johnson

#5 | S | Cary, North Carolina

A WR when he first entered college, Johnson was successful not only as a newcomer to the Jayhawks, but as a newcomer to the defensive backfield. He finished the 2013 campaign with the most interceptions by a Jayhawk since 2008, when Darrell Stuckey also picked off five passes.

Dexter McDonald

#12 | CB | Kansas City, Missouri

McDonald intercepted two passes and broke up 10 others in his first full season as a starter at KU. The talented DB also logged 29 tackles.

Jimmay Mundine

#41 | TE | Denison, Texas

Mundine finished the 2013 campaign as KU's leader in receiving touchdowns (5), was second in receiving yards (229) and tied for third in total receptions (20).

Trevor Pardula

#16 | P | San Jose, California

Pardula earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention after booting 24 punts of more than 50 yards, including a career-best 78 yard punt, for an average of 43.7 yards per kick. Pardula also placed 25 punts inside the 20.

Tony Pierson

#3 | WR | East St. Louis, Illinois

Averaged 81.8 yards receiving through the first four games, including a 118-yard performance against Texas Tech before leaving with an injury that sidelined him for much of the remaining season. Caught 24 passes for 333 yards and rushed for another 163 while making the transition to receiver.

JaCorey Shepherd

#24 | CB | Mesquite, Texas

Shepherd earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention at both corner back and kick returner. He intercepted two passes and broke up 13, while also averaging 22.8 yards per kick return.

Kansas Jayhawks Traditions

History of the Jayhawk

Mascots are believed to bring good luck, especially to athletic teams. Just about every college and university claims a mascot. The University of Kansas is home to the Jayhawk, a mythical bird with a fascinating history.

The Fight Song

“I’m a Jayhawk,” written in 1912 by KU graduate George “Dumpy” Bowles, became popular with KU students in 1920. The lyrics remained unchanged until 1958, when slight revisions included rival schools in the Big Eight Conference.

Waving the Wheat

At crucial moments — for example, when the football team scores or a basketball opponent fouls out — Jayhawks in the stadium lift their arms over their heads and slowly wave them back and forth. From a distance, this looks like a field of Kansas wheat swaying in a prairie breeze.

Rock Chalk Chant

The Rock Chalk Chant has been the battle cry of KU fans for over 100 years. This strange, traditional chant, which is among the most famous of all college cheers, was started by E.H.S. Bailey, a professor of chemistry.

Alma Mater

In 1891, professor George Barlow Penny searched for a school song for the Glee and Mandolin Club to sing on a tour. Changing a few words, Penny taught Cornell's "Far Above Cayuga's Waters" to the glee club. The campus has been singing "Crimson and the Blue" ever since.

School Colors

KU's colors have been crimson and blue since the early 1890s. Originally, the Board of Regents had decided to adopt Michigan's maize and sky blue, but in 1890 a clamor arose for Harvard's crimson to honor Col. John J. McCook. Faculty members who graduated from Yale insisted that their lineage not be overlooked and in 1896 crimson and blue were officially adopted.

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Kansas Tailgating Policies

Tailgating is permitted only in designated areas. Out of respect for other fans, please tailgate only in front of or behind your own parking space. Please keep traffic lanes open. Portable restroom facilities have been provided in parking areas surrounding Memorial Stadium for your convenience.

Gamedays on the Hill

Registration (.pdf) | Group Tickets (.pdf)
Start out your game day by tailgating in your very own hospitality tent. Beautiful and historic Campanile Hill is the perfect spot to gather with family, friends, and colleagues before kickoff. Tent packages include a private tent, tables, and chairs. Packages can be customized for any group and can also include group tickets and catering.

To reserve a tent or inquire about group tickets contact the Group Sales Team by phone at 785-864-6220 or by email at ashleyt@ku.edu.
Birthday Reservations(.pdf) | Birthday FAQs (.pdf)
Celebrate your child's special day with the Kansas Jayhawks by hosting his or her birthday party at a Kansas Athletics home event! The Birthday Program is available to kids 13 and under per NCAA rules.

For all birthdays:
  • - A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to book your party.
  • - A Birthday Reservation Form is required for booking.
  • - All tickets are general admission.
  • - The deadline for reservations and full payment is two weeks prior to the date of your party.
  • - Spots are limited and are on a first come, first serve basis.
  • - Final head count for food and tickets is due 10 days prior to your party.
  • - Extra food and tickets can be added to any package for an additional cost.
*Additional tickets are based on availability.

2014 Birthday on the Hill Football Party - $300
Spend your fall birthday at Memorial Stadium with the Kansas Jayhawks. You and 20 of your closest friends will have access to the birthday tent, the Hy-Vee Hawk Zone with inflatable games, and so much more! Spots fill up quickly call us to book today!
  • - 20 Jayhawk Invitations with envelopes
  • - Access to the Birthday Party Tent
  • - 20 football tickets to the game
  • - 1 pop up Jayhawk
  • - 1 Personalized Jayhawk Birthday Cake (half sheet)
  • - 1 Personalized Birthday Sign
  • - Pizza and Drinks for 20
  • - 20 KU Football posters
  • - 1 Birthday girl/boy goody bag
  • - A visit from Big Jay or Baby Jay
  • - Access to the Hy-Vee Hawk Zone with inflatable games (opens 2.5 hours prior to kick-off)
  • - Plates, cups, napkins, candles & matches are provided
Price for adding additional people varies. Please call 785-864-7953 for details.
The Hy-Vee Hawk Zone is an interactive family area located south of Memorial Stadium on the football practice field. With the assistance of KU student-athletes, the Hy-Vee Hawk Zone includes inflatable games, free face painting, Future Jayhawks photographs, and other fun activities. The Hy-Vee Hawk Zone opens 2.5 hours prior to kickoff and begins to close 30 minutes prior to kickoff.

The Kids' Zone includes inflatable games and free items for kids such as posters and Jayhawk key chains. For more information about the Hy-Vee Hawk Zone or the Kids' Zone, call 785-864-6189.
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Rock Chalk Recycle was developed to promote waste reduction efforts by diverting recyclable and compostable waste from the landfill at all Kansas Athletic events; educating Jayhawk students, alumni, fans, and partners about opportunities to reduce our negative environmental, social, and economic impacts through responsible waste reduction measures. The mission of Rock Chalk Recycle contributes to achieving the Waste Vision in the University of Kansas Campus Sustainability

How Can I Help?
As a fan on gamedays, be conscious of what you're throwing away - if it's recyclable or compostable, toss it in the appropriate bin. If you want to get even more invested, we'd love to have you as a volunteer. The Rock Chalk Recycle Program depends on volunteer waste ambassadors for the success of the program. Each individual volunteer helps divert waste from the landfill, and the more volunteers the program has, the more waste Rock Chalk Recycle can divert! Volunteers can sign up individually or in a group by clicking the link below:
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