Folsom Field is the home of the University of Colorado football team. The stadium is not that large, holding approximately 53,500 seats. As such, you have a more intimate feel than larger stadiums found elsewhere. The stadium is located on the university campus, which has both its advantages and disadvantages. You have the option to walk around the campus prior or after the game, which is nice to kill some time. Otherwise the campus is not that picturesque.
Parking is the main disadvantage. I would recommend parking in one of the satellite lots which cost $10. There is a free shuttle that will take you to the stadium. It starts about 3 hours prior to kick-off and goes until 45 minutes after the game ends. There are parking lots closer for $20, but by parking in the lots further away allows you to beat the traffic in the end. Just make sure to memorize your surroundings as some of the bus drivers get confused where to stop and you might have to back-track a little.
They have an organized pre-game party area open to everyone with free food, games and other events. Ralphie, the live buffalo mascot, is also located in a pen prior to kick-off. The festivities are located across the street from the main entrance to the stadium. Just look for the big blown-up buffalo. There is also a tailgating field next to the stadium. This is the only place that is authorized for alcohol consumption.
Gates to the stadium open two hours to kick-off. There are vendors located throughout the stadium. I was surprised with the variety of choices, while expectedly overpriced, was still good. The men's bathroom had plenty of stalls, but an inadequate number of sinks. They looked dated, which looked out of place given the condition of the rest of the stadium. I would recommend walking along the concourses to get a good feel of the atmosphere.
While the football team is not that good, the atmosphere is still pretty good. I enjoyed watching Ralphie run on to the field twice, once before the game and the other during halftime. It was too bad that the local fans didn't support their team, as the stadium was nowhere close to full even during the first half. If they ever show up, the atmosphere would be much better. However if you are a fan of the opposing team, they at least make you feel at home.
If you are a college football fan, I would recommend visiting Folsom Field.
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