One of the exciting traditions for Hoosier fans on game days is The Walk. Two hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff, fans can gather to show their support for the team as they make their pregame walk to the stadium in preparation for an IU victory. The Marching Hundred and the cheerleaders will lead the fans in singing "Indiana, Our Indiana" and "Indiana Fight!
In 2005, head football coach Terry Hoeppner had a southern Indiana limestone boulder nicknamed "The Rock" installed in the north end zone as a new campus tradition. The Hoosiers and coach Hoeppner walked out and touched the Rock before running onto the field at every home game during Hoeppner's time as head coach. Coach Hoeppner passed away in 2007 and The Rock, renamed "Hep's Rock", now serves as motivation for the team as well as a tribute to Hoeppner's influence on the football program.
Check out Hep's Rock in a virtual tour of the field.
Open to the public, Hoosier Village takes care of all the preparation so you can concentrate on the fun of tailgating. Things get rolling three hours before home football games—although you can arrive anytime before kickoff—and you'll find entertainment, food and beverages from some of Bloomington's favorite eateries, activities and games for all ages, and plenty of Hoosier spirit to get you fired up! And it all happens just steps south of Memorial Stadium.
Stick around after the game to celebrate Hoosier victories in Memorial Stadium! Join the team as they sing "Indiana Our Indiana" with the student section, watch as the IU Victory Flag is raised over the stadium, enjoy special victory fireworks overhead, and listen to the sounds of the Marching Hundred postgame show.
Formed in 1896 as a 22-piece ensemble and IU's first band, the Marching Hundred is one of the nation's best college bands and won the 2007 Sudler Intercollegiate Marching Band Trophy. The Marching Hundred got its name from Associated Press reporters while touring the East Coast in the late 1920s, but today the band has about 250 members, more than 90 percent of whom are non-music majors.
Indiana's most recognized fight song, "Indiana, Our Indiana," was first performed by the IU Band in November, 1912 at a football game against Northwestern. The song has since been played at every Indiana football and basketball game.
Indiana, we're all for you
We will fight for
the Cream & Crimson,
For the glory of Old IU
Never daunted, we cannot falter
In the battle, we're tried and true
Indiana, Our Indiana
Indiana, we're all for you!
Indiana's official Alma Mater song, "Hail to Old IU," was first performed on March 10, 1893 in Indianapolis. J.T. Giles, who organized the IU glee club, wrote the words to a Scottish song in order to give the Hoosiers a school song for a performance at a state contest. The song has been a mainstay at Indiana events since that day.
Come and join in song together,
Shout with might and main;
Our beloved Alma Mater,
Sound her praise again.
Gloriana Frangipana, E'er to her be true.
She's the pride of Indiana,
Hail to Old IU!