Neyland Stadium is one of the few college football stadiums that are accessible by boat. In 1962, George Mooney, a former University of Tennessee broadcaster, took his boat up the Tennessee River to Neyland and the rest is history. These days roughly 200 boats dock outside the stadium during game weeks.
People make an event out of it. They drink and laugh and visit right up to game time. It allows all different types of fans to mix together and has been described as a floating “sail-gate” party. One devoted Vols fan named Coy Coldwell even lives on the water during the season. Now that’s what we call dedication.
A relatively new but already beloved tradition is the Nebraska Tunnel Walk. The Cornhuskers leave the locker room, touch their lucky horseshoe and walk down a winding path on a red carpet. They are met on their way by hordes of fans, the band, cheerleaders and dance team members. All pumping them up before the game begins. Eventually, they emerge from the tunnel onto the field at Memorial Stadium.
The Tunnel Walk began in 2004, and the first song that played while the team was walking was "Sirius" by Alan Parsons Project. Since then, the fans have shown how much they love this tradition. It seems like football fans in Nebraska are serious about the sport. Memorial Stadium where the team plays, has been sold out for every game since it opened its doors.
The Stanford University marching band is known as the "The World's Largest Rock and Roll Band”. It is mostly student-run and represents the school and its athletic teams. They are not your typical marching band, play mostly rock n roll and have a repertoire of over 1,000 songs. The bandmembers also wear a simplified uniform which includes "the ugliest tie you can get your hands on."
If a “Bearial” isn’t controversial enough for you, take a look at the what the Stanford Band has gotten into trouble for over the years. They have spelled out "NO BALLZ" and formed the shape of male genitalia during a half time show with USC, have dressed up as a nun and directed the band with a cross while playing Notre Dame and made a joke about polygamy while playing Brigham Young University. In 2006, Peter Sagal of NPR has stated that they are "the only university marching band...repeatedly fined and banned by the NCAA".
Here’s another Tennessee football tradition, but this one takes place on land inside Neyland Stadium. The highlight of the Pride of the Southland Marching Band’s pregame show is Running Through the T. Hundreds of band members all move as one to create an enormous T shape. The music blasts and the players run thought the T while the crowd cheers them on.
The tradition was started after T’s were added to the player's helmets. It has recently celebrated 50 years and was even named one of the top 10 entrances in college football. It has even been taken on the road on several occasions.
University of New Hampshire
Hockey fans love to stick it to the other team, and UNH Wildcat fans have found a unique and stinky way to do so. When the team scores their first goal of the game, someone in the stands throws a large dead fish onto the ice in front of their opponent’s goal prompting the crowd to go wild.
The fish throwing began in the 1970s and has become an ongoing tradition upheld by a local fraternity. The “Throwing of the Fish” even continued while penalties were given out for throwing things on the ice. In one instance while playing Boston University, a fan brought an extra-large fish that was so heavy it took three tries for him to get it on the ice.