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Welcome, visiting teams, CU parents, football fans and Buffs! If you’re attending a University of Colorado Boulder football game, we want to make sure you have a good time at the game and exploring Boulder. Here’s your guide to making the most of game day at Folsom Field and around town. 

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Get your CU football tickets directly from the CU Buffs website. In addition, the ticket booth, located at the southeast corner of Folsom Field, is open on game days four hours prior to kickoff to handle ticket sales and will call. 

Tailgating 

Ralphie’s corral.

Ralphie’s Corral is the official tailgate event for CU football games. (Ralphie is the name of CU's mascot — an honest-to-goodness real live buffalo.) The Corral is open to everyone, no registration required, and is held on the lawn south of the Duane Physics building. Enjoy:

  • Performances by the CU Marching Band and Spirit Squad
  • Fun games for kids
  • Pictures with Chip, our costumed mascot
  • Prizes and giveaways
  • Great music
  • Concessions 

Unofficial Tailgating

On campus,   several parking lots (shown on this map)  are open to tailgaters. While you likely won’t be able to park here, some pass holders don’t mind if “walkups” join their pre-game celebration. You'll see cars, trucks, tents and grills set up.

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There's a palpable sense of excitement around Boulder as  Deion "Coach Prime" Sanders enters his second season as head coach of the Buffaloes football team. Keep up to date with Prime-related news on the Colorado Buffaloes' website , or follow Coach Prime on Instagram .

And here's a little something extra for the super-fans. As he's been getting to know Boulder, Sanders has been documenting on social media the eateries he's tried along the way. Browse  the spots he's been to and see what he thought of each one.

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Pearl Street Stampede

The night before each home game, head to the Pearl Street Mall at 7pm for a fun, family-friendly pep rally and parade. The Pearl Street Stampede features a vintage firetruck, the CU marching band, the cheer team and Chip the mascot, all making their way down Pearl whipping up crowds as they go. It starts at the Boulder County Courthouse (at 13th and Pearl) and moves westward.

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University of Colorado Boulder Mascots

Ralphie is the University of Colorado Boulder’s mascot, a live buffalo who makes an appearance at every home game. With her team of varsity student-athletes, called Ralphie Handlers, she leads the football team onto the field on game day and laps the gridiron to the wild cheers of fans. Chip , also a buffalo but of the more huggable, costumed variety, is another favorite CU Boulder mascot.

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Sing along, even if you only get the last five words: “fight, fight…fight, fight, fight!”

  • The Buff  (.8 mile from Folsom Field) A longtime favorite breakfast and brunch spot known for their Saddlebags Pancakes and skillets. 
  • Village Coffee Shop  (.6 mile from Folsom Field) No-frills diner food done right. Fluffy pancakes, ultra-crispy hashbrowns, biscuits and gravy, and more.
  • The Sink  (.6 mile from Folsom Field) Killer burgers and pizza, artfully graffitied walls, 15-some beers on tap and a build-your-own mule bar. 
  • Rincon Argentino  (.6 mile from Folsom Field) Fresh-baked empanadas in a casual spot with a small patio close to Folsom Field.
  • Half Fast Subs  (.6 mile from Folsom Field) Really tasty, creative subs and a sunny patio on which to devour them. 

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Pre- and Post-Game Bars

  • The Post Chicken and Beer (1.6 miles from Folsom Field) Every week, they host the CU Coaches Show, with hot chicken, cold beer, and CU football play-by-play with Coach Prime.
  • The Sundown Saloon  (1.1 miles from Folsom Field) Cheap pitchers of beer, a pool table, darts and a dive-y underground vibe.
  • License No. 1  (1.3 miles from Folsom Field) Below the Hotel Boulderado, this historic cocktail bar had the first liquor license in Boulder. Great specials make it popular with students and locals.
  • The Dark Horse  (1.1 miles from Folsom Field) Fun, kitschy décor, laid-back vibes and good food. 
  • Pearl Street Pub and Cellar  (1.2 miles from Folsom Field) Affordable pints, a hearty happy hour, foosball and billiards in this low-key, old-school spot on Pearl. 
  • Bohemian Biergarten  (1.2 miles from Folsom Field) Long, wooden tables, pretzel, sausages and German beers in huge steins.
  • Backcountry Pizza and Tap House  (.6 mile from Folsom Field) So many beers, so little time — and it’s very close to Folsom Field, too.
  • The Colorado Club (1.5 miles from Folsom Field) This newer spot was made for game time, with eight huge screens, a great sound system, a cool retro vibe and tasty pub fare.

Where to Stay

Boulder is fairly geographically compact, so most hotels are only a few minutes from Folsom Field. The hotels close to CU are listed here .

2024 CU Boulder Football Schedule

Here is the Boulder football schedule for the entire season. Home games are in bold. Ticketing information here . 

Parking is available on campus but is very limited. You’ll need to get there at least an hour before kickoff. The CU website is the best resource for parking information .

It’s usually easier to park your car off campus and ride one of these routes to and from the game.

  • The HOP: Take the HOP bus to campus, which is $3 for a 3-hour pass. Park at Twenty Ninth Street shopping center or other spots along the route.
  • Flatiron Flyer: If you're coming from Denver, you can take the RTD bus called the Flatiron Flyer (FF1) and disembark at Broadway and Euclid in Boulder. From there, it is a half-mile walk to the stadium.
  • Free Bus from East Campus: Park off Colorado Avenue & Discovery Drive, for $20 Text to Pay after you park. A free shuttle to/from the stadium begins three hours prior to kick-off and runs for one hour after the game ends. See CU's website for a map .

Fans may bring one clear bag no larger than 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches, or a one-gallon resealable clear plastic storage bag, into Folsom Field. Fans also will be allowed one small clutch purse, no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Bags that will not be allowed into Folsom Field include backpacks, large purses, oversized tote bags, camera bags and binocular cases, diaper bags, drawstring bags, fanny packs and printed plastic bags. Seat cushions and chair backs are allowed, but they must be 18 inches or less in width and cannot have pockets, zippers or covers. Full stadium policies here.  

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The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder for short), is home to over 33,000 students. It is easy to see why so many are drawn to this laid-back mountain town, nestled in the foothills of the Flatiron Mountains. If CU Boulder is on your college list, use this guide to plan a visit to the University of Colorado Boulder.

Located just 30 minutes northwest of Denver, Boulder is a hip city with a cute downtown and was dubbed “America’s Foodiest Town” by Bon Appetít . Boulder is also a great destination for those seeking outdoor adventures, from hiking and mountain and road biking to stand-up paddleboarding and rock climbing. 

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Getting to University of Colorado Boulder

If you are flying into Denver International Airport, you can rent a car and drive 45 minutes up to Boulder. However, if you (or your student) need public transportation, CU Boulder is an hour away from the Denver International Airport (DIA) via the  RTD SkyRide bus service.

There are also other affordable options such as shared-ride service shuttles , which pick-up and drop-off from Jeppesen Terminal Level 5, island 5, outside doors 505-507 (east side) and 510-512 (west side). For those that prefer rideshare services, an Uber will cost about $78 one way.

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You need to register in advance for University of Colorado Boulder tours , and spots fill up quickly so be sure to secure your spot before booking your travel. Luckily, CU Boulder is not a closed campus, so you can also always visit and self-tour the campus, you just won’t be able to go inside any of the buildings.

Norlin Library at CU Boulder

Make sure to walk past the Center for Community, with its extensive dining hall and 10 micro-restaurants; Old Main, the first building on campus; the Case Center; University Memorial Center; Norlin Library; the Recreational Center; Fiske Planetarium (you may also notice the solar system model throughout campus); Macky Auditorium; and Farrand Field, where the students like to hang out.

Of course, CU Boulder is a great sports school, so you have to walk around Folsom Field and rub the horn on the statue of Ralphie, the renowned Buffalo mascot.

Fiske Planetarium at CU Boulder

Where to Stay Near CU Boulder

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Since you are visiting Boulder for a campus visit, you will want to pick accommodations close to the school. If you want to be within walking distance, I’d recommend either the Boulder Marriott Hotel and Spa , Residence Inn Boulder Canyon Boulevard , Hilton Garden Inn Boulder , or the Embassy Suites by Hilton Boulder .

For our first visit, we decided to use some Hilton points to book a one-bedroom suite with a balcony and mountain view at the Embassy Suites. I expected the typical dated Embassy Suites with a pyramid-like atrium and decor from the 1990s, but I was very pleasantly surprised by the Boulder property. It was modern and fresh, with beautiful views over Boulder and the Flatiron Mountains.

Every two-room suite has a private bedroom and separate living room with a sofa bed and dining table and includes an HDTV, Keurig coffee-maker, refrigerator, microwave, and complimentary WiFi along with hydration stations on every floor. The hotel includes a free made-to-order breakfast and an evening reception with drinks and snacks in the Brickstones Kitchen & Bar. The suite setup was perfect when traveling with a young adult, giving everyone privacy without requiring two room reservations. The free breakfast, including hot breakfast sandwiches, fruit, yogurt, juice, coffee, and snacks was also a money saver.

On our second visit, we stayed next door at the Hilton Garden Inn Boulder. Also a new property, we enjoyed the fresh new decor and the community spaces in the lobby for working, studying, or relaxing. Located right off of 28th Street/ Route 36, it is a convenient spot for exploring or walking to campus.

Where to Eat in Boulder

Tacos at Santo Boulder

Boulder’s downtown Pearl Street was ranked among  Food & Wine’s  10 Best Foodie Streets in America. With 22 craft breweries and a burgeoning wine and spirits industry, Boulder’s food and drink scene is hopping. For Food Network fans, “Top Chef” winner Hosea Rosenburg has two restaurants in Boulder — Blackbelly and Santo. Cafe Aion’s chef/owner Dakota Soifer was a winner on Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen.”

Frasca Food and Wine have earned a James Beard award, and the less expensive Pizzeria Locale next door is owned by the same people. For casual dining with your teen, the food trucks park at the Rayback Collective, where you will find indoor and outdoor seating, yard games, a stage for live music.

Two places that I would highly recommend are Oak at Fourteenth and Santo. Oak at Fourteenth is a stylish neighborhood restaurant off Pearl Street featuring local and seasonal New American cuisine. The clean style and open kitchen are warm and inviting, and the wood-scented aromas from the oven and grill will whet your appetite. The food is innovative and full of flavor. I’d recommend the olive-oil whipped ricotta appetizer and either the wild mushroom and potato gnocchi or the Piri Piri roast half-chicken.

You will need a car or an Uber to get to the next recommendation, but dinner at Santo is well worth the short drive and disregard the strip mall setting. Once you walk in you can appreciate the New Mexican-influenced design, from the light fixture that resembles the NM state flag, to the artwork and the use of natural materials. The big question when choosing from the menu is whether you want green, red, or Christmas (both kinds of chilis — personally I’m a fan of green!)

For a more casual dinner, try Post Chicken and Beer in the Pearl Street Mall area. Known for its fried chicken and craft beer, this is a perfect spot to bring a potential college student. We recommend the chicken thigh fries with curry ketchup!

Egg skillet breakfast at the Buff in Boulder

A must-try for breakfast is Boulder is The Buff . You may need to wait in line but you need time to build up an appetite for the giant portions (I’m sure it makes a great hangover remedy!)

Things to do Near CU Boulder

Male snowshoeing through Rocky Mountain National Park

The University of Colorado Boulder is a great choice for outdoor lovers. The school is only an hour from the Estes Park entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, where you can enjoy hiking, biking, winter sports like snowshoeing, fishing, and horseback riding. Just be sure to check out the Park’s website before you go to check for road closures or to see if day pass reservations are required.

If you are looking for a guided hike, I strongly recommend Rewilding Expeditions . The owner Nick is a former park ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park and extremely knowledgeable about the park and dedicated to conservation.

Chataugua Park in Boulder

If you don’t want to go that far, take a hike on one of the many trails that start at the Chautauqua Trailhead, many of which will offer great views of the campus from above. Another great scenic overlook is Panorama Point on Flagstaff Road. The Boulder Creek Path, which runs through town and campus along a babbling creek, is also a good place to bike, jog, skate and walk.

Pearl Street Mall in Boulder

Downtown, you will want to stroll through the Pearl Street pedestrian mall, take a downtown walking tour, check out the goods at the Boulder Farmer’s Market, or pop into the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.

If you are a tea fan, you may want to check out the Celestial Seasonings Factory tour and then refresh at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse.

Fascinated by weather? Stop in for a tour of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Visitor Center for an informative view of weather, climate, and the broad spectrum of atmospheric research at a world-class laboratory. After the tour, head outdoors on the Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail, or take a longer hike on one of the extensive trails in the 40,000+ acre Boulder Open Space area.

Of course, if you are looking for other day trip options, from Boulder you are only 30 minutes from Denver and 40 minutes from the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, where you can go climb the amphitheater steps, hike a network of trails, or visit the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. 

One hour away you can reach the otherworldly landscape of Roxborough State Park , where you can hike among the slanting ochre sandstone formations, watch for wildlife, and spot wildflowers alongside the trails.

A forty-minute drive will take you to Golden, Colorado. This former gold rush town has a unique Western-flavored culture surrounded by rugged mesas and is home to Golden Gate Canyon State Park, with 12,000 acres of high mountain landscape with aspen trees, granite boulders, tall grasses, and fields of wildflowers.

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If you are willing to drive an hour and a half to Colorado Springs, you can hike through the towering sandstone rock formations at the Garden of the Gods Park.

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Kansas, however, can’t be overlooked. The Jayhawks have finally tasted winning, and the tools to make a run at a Big 12 title are there.

This summer, BuffZone will preview each of Colorado’s opponents for the 2024 season and in this installment we look at Kansas, which will host the Buffs in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 23.

Last season, head coach Lance Leipold led KU to a 9-4 record, its first winning season since 2008. It was a dramatic change from the past. From 2009-21, the Jayhawks went 8-106 in Big 12 play. Then in 2022, KU snapped a 14-year bowl drought and got even better last year.

Leipold’s quick turnaround in Lawrence has been remarkable, considering the Jayhawks’ previous four head coaches all failed to win even four games in a season.

“What we said we were going to do with them in just the day-to-day operations, we did, and I think that started to build the trust and we started to build confidence,” Leipold said in an interview with On3 this spring .

Leipold has been at the forefront of building that confidence, but the Jayhawks have talent, too.

Offensively, KU was last in the Big 12 in scoring in 2021 (20.8 points per game), but second in 2022 (35.6) and fourth in 2023 (34.8).

Much of the 2022 success was led by star quarterback Jalon Daniels, but he missed 10 games in 2023 and the Jayhawks still produced. Daniels is healthy again, leading what should be an explosive attack.

“He’s throwing, he’s throwing it deep, throwing it all over,” Leipold said after the spring showcase in April . “He’s got a great attitude.”

Daniels has a stacked receiver group to catch his passes and one of the Big 12’s best running backs in Devin Neal.

The key to the offense could be how the offensive line comes together. Only two starters are back, but the Jayhawks filled some holes through the transfer portal.

“I think we’re finding some answers up front with the departures that we’ve had,” Leipold said in the spring.

Defensively, KU was solid last year, giving up 26.5 points per game, the lowest average for the program since 2007, but there are holes to fill.

The secondary could be as good as any in the Big 12, led by All-Big 12 cornerbacks Cobee Bryant and Mello Dotson. Safety Marvin Grant is also a returning starter.

In the spring, Leipold said he’s liking the depth at defensive tackle, but the Jayhawks need players to step up on the edge. They’ll also lean on some experience at linebacker, led by junior JB Brown (57 tackles, six tackles for loss in 2023), but have to get others to fill bigger roles.

As a whole, this is a big opportunity for Kansas, which is loaded with experienced veterans and more than 30 seniors.

“This will be the largest senior class I’ve ever been a part of,” Leipold told On3.

The schedule sets up well, too. KU was picked to finish fourth in the conference and of the other four teams in the top five, just one is on the Jayhawks’ schedule: they’ll visit rival Kansas State on Oct. 26. They don’t have to face Utah, Oklahoma State or Arizona.

Leipold believes his team is equipped to handle success and expectations as they aim for their first conference title since 1968.

“I think, overall, confidence is as good as it’s been,” he said in the spring. “I do think this group is understanding, even maybe more than we did at the beginning of the spring, of we still have to go out each and every day and work hard and the target has going to be a little bit different than it ever has been before for these guys in their college career.”

Kansas head coach Lance Leipold holds up the trophy after defeating UNLV 49-36 during the Guaranteed Rate Bowl NCAA college football game Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2023, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Kansas Jayhawks

Head coach: Lance Leipold, 4th season (17-21; 163-60 career)

2023 season: 9-4, 5-4 Big 12; beat UNLV in Guaranteed Rate Bowl

Series with CU: Buffs lead 42-25-3

Who: Colorado Buffaloes at Kansas Jayhawks

When: Saturday, Nov. 23, time TBA

Where: GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

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WR Lawrence Arnold: A top receiver for the Jayhawks the last two years, he was All-Big 12 honorable mention last year when he caught 44 passes for 782 yards and six touchdowns. Also caught 44 passes in 2022 and has 121 receptions for 1,859 yards and 13 touchdowns in his career.

CB Cobee Bryant: First-team All-Big 12 in 2022 and 2023, he’s one of the better corners in the country. Bryant had 32 tackles, four interceptions and five pass breakups last year, while adding five tackles for loss.

QB Jalon Daniels: Extremely talented when healthy, he’s made 21 career starts, but has also missed 14 of 26 games the last two seasons. He’s thrown for 4,297 yards, 31 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions in his career, while rushing for 600 yards and 13 touchdowns.

CB Mello Dotson: Along with Bryant, he was named preseason All-Big 12 by the media. He earned honorable mention honors last season after posting 48 tackles, four interceptions and 11 pass breakups. His 15 total passes defended tied for second in the conference. He also had three tackles for loss.

RB Devin Neal: Earned second-team All-Big 12 honors last year after rushing for 1,280 yards and 16 touchdowns. A two-time 1,000-yard rusher, he’s racked up 3,077 yards and 33 touchdowns in three seasons with the Jayhawks, while also catching 53 career passes.

Good to know

• CU and Kansas played every year from 1948-2010 as conference rivals in the Big Seven (1948-57), Big Eight (1958-1995) and Big 12 (1996-2010). The Jayhawks have won four of the last five meetings, including a 52-45 victory in the most recent matchup, on Nov. 6, 2010.

• David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium in Lawrence in undergoing a $448 million renovation, so the Jayhawks won’t play home games there this season. Instead, KU’s two non-conference games will be played at Children’s Mercy Park (home of the MLS team Sporting Kansas City), while the other four will be at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium (home of the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs).

• Jeff Grimes was hired in the offseason as the new offensive coordinator. A former Colorado assistant (2007-08), Grimes was the OC at Baylor from 2021-23 and at BYU from 2018-20.

• Brian Borland returns for his fourth season as the defensive coordinator. He has worked with Leipold since 2007 as his DC at Wisconsin-Whitewater (2007-14), Buffalo (2015-20) and Kansas.

• Punter Damon Greaves is back. He averaged just 39.0 yards per punt, but only two his 32 punts were returned, for a net of minus-6 yards.

• Junior Owen Piepergerdes takes over as the starting kicker. He’s 15-for-15 in his career on extra points and 1-for-2 on field goals.

Portal movement

The Jayhawks lost 13 players to the transfer portal, but the only significant departure was Ar’maj Reed-Adams (Texas A&M), a 12-game starter last year on the offensive line (11 at guard, one at tackle). Defensive lineman Gage Keys (Auburn), receiver Tanaka Scott (North Alabama) and offensive lineman Spencer Lovell (Nevada) were also contributors. The most important addition of the offseason is former Texas A&M center Bryce Foster, who started all 28 games in which he played in three seasons (including 12 last year), while earning freshman All-American honors in 2021. Three other linemen were added for depth: Shane Bumgardner (Tiffin), Amir Herring (Michigan) and Darrell Simmons (Iowa State). Bumgardner was named the top center in Division II last year. Defensive lineman Javier Derritt (North Dakota State), edge Dylan Wudke (Youngstown State) and safety Devin Dye (Utah State) should be contributors on defense.

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Alex Graham ready to "silence the haters" when he arrives at Colorado

Jeff hauser | jul 4, 2024.

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Alex Graham doesn't get tired of hearing the naysayers talk about Deion Sanders and the Buffs. It has been a factor in recruiting since the Hall-of-Famer arrived on campus in Boulder. The four-star safety from IMG Academy (Florida) recently went on the record and said he can't wait to show out at Colorado next season.

"Colorado gets a lot of hate as it is already," Graham told Rivals reporter John Garcia Jr. "Everyday I see something about Coach Prime or how there are so many players in the portal. Just wait until I get there. Wait until these other guys get there. We're going to show y'all."

College Football writer says stop overhyping Colorado into Big 12 title contender

Graham chose Colorado over a total of 30 schools, including Georgia, Alabama, Michigan, Penn State, and Oregon. He was recently out in Boulder for an official visit with 2025 top QB Julian Lewis and others. It was the third visit for Graham over the past year. He's currently the only Sunshine State prospect to join the herd next year's class. Thanks to the influene of Devin Rispress and others. At 6-foot-1, and 190 pounds, "The Hawk" is currently the 23th-best player in Florida, according to 247Sports.

🗣️ BUFFS @JohnGarcia_Jr sits down with 2025 safety @AlexGraham_3 to break down his commitment to COLORADO ( @CUSportsNation ) Full Commitment breakdown 👉 https://t.co/M73MxFc8PJ Full Video interview 👉 https://t.co/L1W9PSynuR pic.twitter.com/U4rhc50f5W — Rivals (@Rivals) April 26, 2024

Like many other CU recruits, Graham has a background as a multi-sport athlete. He'll use that knowledge to prepare for the next level in the Buffs secondary. One thing to note is that he has worked with different coverage packages at IMG and has excelled over the past two years.

Graham headlines Colorado's 2025 recruiting class that currently stands at five. He's joined by linebacker Mantrez Walker from Bufford (Georgia) as the only other defensive player for the Buffs next year.

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Summertime means events other than football games fill up Folsom Field. First up, the Odesza concert on June 29. Main gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the first act begins at 6:30 p.m. 

Plan ahead for crowds and traffic to best avoid delays and to get to the fun on time.  Please review CU Boulder’s Athletic Department concert information , including the No Bag Policy details. 

Concertgoers should expect heavy traffic and allow extra time to navigate city and campus streets. 

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What: Odesza: The Last Goodbye Finale When: Saturday, June 29, 6:30 p.m. Where: Folsom Field Gates open: 5:30 p.m. Parking: $40 per car; lots open at 2:30 p.m.

  No bags allowed

Please visit CU Boulder’s Parking and Transportation website for complete details on ODESZA parking, rideshare drop-off and pickup information, ADA accessible parking and other transportation options, including information on bus transit, bike share and e-scooters. 

Parking in campus lots, which open at 2:30 p.m., is $40 per vehicle. Parking must be purchased on site and is not available in advance. Payment is accepted by credit card only. 

There will be no commercial vending areas or commercial parking on the CU Boulder campus. Parking lots close one hour after the event has concluded. No overnight parking on campus.

This year, drivers will want to be aware of city of Boulder road construction along Colorado Avenue, which could cause travel delays. New lane markings and lane configurations along Colorado between 28th Street and Folsom Street indicate red “bus only” lanes, which may be reserved for buses and right turns only. Please follow instructions provided by those directing event traffic.

Concertgoers will be directed to report any safety concerns by texting/calling an in-stadium number that will be displayed on Folsom Field screens during the show. CU Boulder’s Division of Public Safety provides security support for all large events held on campus. In an emergency, please call 911 to be routed to the DPS communications center.

Later this summer, on Aug. 17, Folsom Field will host the Tyler Childers concert.

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