The capital of the Hoosier Nation, Bloomington is the perfect place to experience a quintessential college sports weekend. On game day, fans flood into town from all directions, each headed for Memorial Stadium, Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Armstrong Stadium or a variety of other IU athletic venues.
If you're new to the Hoosier Nation, here are a few helpful things you'll need to know:
What is a Hoosier, anyway?
Hoosier is the popular term used to refer to either 1) residents of the State of Indiana or 2) students, alumni and fans of Indiana University. There are lots of theories about how the term originated, some of which you can find here.
Book your room early
Despite being the home of a major university, Bloomington is actually a relatively small city which means that hotel rooms can fill up fast for high profile games. Book early, and if you're having trouble finding available lodging options, contact the Bloomington Visitors Center at 800-800-0037. We track availability for special event weekends and we'll be happy to point you in the right direction.
Hoosier fans are nothing if not enthusiastic! To say that tailgating for football games is popular might be an understatement. Whether you're a master tailgater or a beginner, don't be shy. Set up your own area in the grass lots in the grassy areas south of 17th Street and north of 14th Street between N. Fess Avenue and N. Forrest Avenue. If you're looking for a luxury tailgate option, Blockparty offers exactly what you're looking for. They set up the tents, furniture, and even TV's. You just show up and enjoy the game!
We've got spirit!
To fully experience an IU game day, you'll need to know the words to two important songs - "Indiana, Our Indiana," which has been played at every IU football and basketball game since its first performance in November, 1912, and "Hail to Old IU," the university's official Alma mater song, a mainstay since its first performance in March, 1893. Find these lyrics and additional information in the Memorial Stadium Fan Guide and the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall Fan Guide.
Big Ten & NCAA Championships
Indiana University has won many team and individual championships over the years. No matter what sport you're here to enjoy, be sure to check out the many championship trophies, banners, team photos and other mementos on display at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Cook Hall and other facilities.
Iconic Photo Ops
While you're in town, don't forget to hit up all the iconic spots on campus for group photos or a few selfies! Our top five list includes the Sample Gates, Rose Well House, Showalter Fountain, Eskenazi Museum of Art, and the Arboretum. Find those locations and more on our list of campus attractions and landmarks.
It's not as exciting as tailgating and fight songs, but just as important to making your trip great! Construction on State Road 37 for I-69 is winding down but you may experience some delays due to the volume of fans traveling to Bloomington on game days. Please plan ahead for delays. Parking lots open a minimum of five hours before kickoff so arrive early and enjoy the pre-game festivities.