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Football Gameday Information for Season Opener

Aug 30, 2021

BOULDER – The University of Colorado will host the first football game of the season with fans this Friday, September 3 at 7 p.m. against Northern Colorado at Folsom Field.  There are some new and exciting things happening on gamedays as well as enhanced safety protocols for fans to review before Friday. Parking lots for this game will open at 3 p.m. and gates will open at 5 p.m.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS - Regardless of vaccination status, masks are required to be worn in any indoor space at Folsom Field on gameday starting September 3, 2021.  At this time, there is no general vaccination requirement for Folsom Field at CU Boulder, however as a campus we are strongly encouraging people to be vaccinated when they come to campus.  Unvaccinated guests are strongly encouraged to wear a mask during their entire visit to campus, unless they are actively eating or drinking. All patrons should bring a mask with them to campus.

Areas Impacted:
-              Restrooms Throughout Folsom Field
-              All Elevators
-              Byron White Club Level
-              Suite Level (6 & 7) Common Spaces
-              Arrow Touchdown Club
-              Crawford Club
-              Varsity Club
-              Balch Fieldhouse
-              Indoor Practice Facility

MOBILE TICKETING – All CU home events are now completely mobile ticketed. Fans purchase tickets and they will be emailed to be added to their mobile wallet or added via the Buffs Mobile App. Fans are urged to add their tickets to their smartphone wallet now. DO NOT wait until you get to the stadium or the gate as bandwidth will be limited.  For the step by step processes to manage your mobile tickets visit

BUFFS MOBILE APP – This new comprehensive app from Colorado Athletics and Sidearm is a one stop shop on your device for all your CU Buffs news and information, live stats, videos, rosters and more, as well as purchasing and managing your CU Buffs tickets. Fans are encouraged to download the app to their smartphone today and login to their ticket account using their email address. 

CASHLESS TRANSACTIONS – All transactions at the ticket office, concession stands and merchandise areas will be cashless. 

PARKING – Parking lots for the UNC game will open at 3 p.m.  Donor parking permits have already been mailed out, and those fans wishing to purchase on campus single game parking can do so here:

CLEAR BAG POLICY – Folsom Field has a clear bag policy in place.  Please review the website for reminders on what bags are permitted in the stadium.

CHIP'S KIDS CLUB AREA – The Indoor Practice Facility will be open for Chip's Kids Club Area again this season.  This indoor space opens 2 hours prior to the game closes after halftime.  Will include games, inflatables and a football toss. Masks are required.

RALPHIE'S CORRAL – Located on Duane Field, Ralphie's Corral is the official tailgate of the CU Alumni Association and is open to everyone.  Ralphie's Corral will be open at 4 p.m. on Friday and there will be cashless concessions and merchandise available.

PREGAME BAND PERFORMANCE – The Golden Buffalo Marching Band will perform on the plaza instead of Balch Fieldhouse before taking the field.

BUFF WALK - At the present time the team will not be entering by way of the Buff Walk. We will continue to monitor local COVID rates and notify of any changes at the appropriate time.

PEARL STREET STAMPEDE- Don't miss one of the best traditions in college football. Join us for the Pearl Street Stampede this Thursday, Sept. 2, with the Golden Buffalo Marching Band, CU Spirit and Dance teams as well as Chip the Buffalo as we celebrate gameday with the team in a parade that starts at 7 p.m. in front of the courthouse on Pearl Street.