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Turn Game Day into a Getaway

Welcome to Hoosier Nation! We're so excited to have you in Bloomington for the upcoming football game. While you're in town, it's essential to explore the city that's home to Indiana University. You'll quickly find that Bloomington is a quintessential college town complete with vivacious football weekends. Before you arrive in B-Town, we're here to give you the rundown on how to make the most of your game day getaway. 
 

The Schedule

Home schedule of IU football games in 2021

The 2021 Hoosier Football season is looking to be one of the best yet! The team has six home games at Memorial Stadium this season. View the full season schedule here.


The Tickets

Man and woman tailgating in front of a grill holding an IU cup

IU Athletics sells single tickets, as well as season, group, and premium ticket bundles. You can browse the multiple ticket options for the 2021 season here. We suggest purchasing tickets soon, as they'll become hard to come by closer to game day. You can check out the seating map and find parking information on IU Athletics' website. To make sure all Hoosier fans and guest have a fun & safe experience, refer to IU's official game day info here
 

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The Food

Beer at Nick's English Hut

Looking for a place to grab a bite before or after the game? Nick's English Hut is a Hoosier sports staple. The walls are adorned with historic IU memorabilia, and the food & drinks are top-notch. We highly recommend (for those of age) playing a game of Sink the Biz (a drinking game in which an empty, weighted glass — the Biz — is placed in the middle of a metal bucket full of beer, and players must take turns pouring beer from their own glasses into the floating cup. The player who sinks the Biz must recover the glass and drink its contents.) and ordering a Nick's Submarine with a bucket of Sink the Biz fries to share.

If you're in the mood for wings, let us point you toward another Hoosier sports staple: BuffaLouie's. Located just steps from Sample Gates, their food is incredible (once ranked by USA Today as a Top 10 Wing Joint in the United States), and the atmosphere is the epitome of Hoosier hospitality. On any given day, you can find the owner, Ed Schwartztman, working alongside the staff taking orders, serving food, and personally greeting every customer. A visit to BuffaLouie's is a true experience in itself. We recommend their traditional wings with medium buffalo sauce (all of the flavor with a reasonable amount of heat) or teriyaki sauce for our spice fiends. 


The Lodging

Two queen room at Memorial Union IU

There's no shortage of hotels in Bloomington, but if you're looking to stay near Memorial Stadium, check out the Hampton Inn or Home2 Suites by Hilton. Those wanting to spend the night on campus should look into The Biddle Hotel, located in the Indiana Memorial Union. The Graduate Bloomington is also a great option for those looking to bask in the spirit of game day, thanks to the hotel's IU-themed decor & design. No matter where you choose to snooze, B-Town lodging options span an assortment of styles, locations, and price points. 
 

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