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The Pearl Street Stampedes have become THE kickoff celebration prior to CU home football games for nearly two decades. The night before each home game, hundreds of Buffs fans line the Pearl Street Mall as members of the Golden Buffalo Marching Band play to the crowds’ delight and CU's Colorado Spirit squad performs. Members of CU athletic teams and coaching staffs are greeted with cheers and high fives from fans of all ages. The Stampedes are a joint collaboration between the University of Colorado, local businesses, the City of Boulder and Downtown Boulder.

Led by Stephen Tebo’s vintage 1948 fire truck, members of the Golden Buffalo Marching Band start performing at 7 p.m. on the 1300 block of Pearl Street (in front of the County Courthouse). The Stampede moves west, stopping on each block of the Pearl Street Mall to perform.

2024 Dates: Wednesday, August 28; Friday, September 20; Friday, October 11; Friday, October 25 and Friday, November 15. (*Please note: there will be no stampede before the last home game happening on November 29th). 

Stampede photo gallery

Wednesday, August 28

Cheer on the Buffs for the first home game against North Dakota State!

2024 CU Football Schedule

Friday, September 20 - CU Homecoming Game

Cheer on CU Boulder for their Homecoming Game against Baylor University!

CU Homecoming 2024

Friday, October 11

Head downtown for a lively performance from members of the Golden Buffalo Marching Band and get ready for the Buffs to go head to head with Kansas State!

Golden Buffalo Marching Band

Friday, October 25 - Family Weekend

Enjoy your weekend in Boulder with the fam and support the Buffs when they play against Cincinnati!

CU Family Weekend

Friday, November 15

Cheer alongside members of CU's Spirit Squad at the final stampede of the season where the CU Buffs will play Utah University!

CU Spirit Squad


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