The Central Michigan University Chippewas football team is among the most decorated programs in the State of Michigan. CMU plays in the Mid-American Conference against many of the Midwest’s most recognizable programs. The Chippewas have been playing football since 1896 and have won over 580 games. Over the century old history of the program, Central Michigan has won 16 conference championships, including 7 MAC titles. The Chippewas also won the 1974 Division II National Championship, and have played in over half a dozen bowl games. The long list of great players to wear the Chippewas Maroon and gold includes Antonio Brown, Eric Fisher, JJ Watt, Frank Zombo, Cullen Jenkins, and Nick Bellore. The Chippewas are currently experiencing one of the most successful periods in school history with the team playing in 5 bowl games and winning 3 MAC titles from 2006-2012. The success has helped turn game days at Kelly/Shorts Stadium into some of the most exciting in the MAC, with fans flocking from all over to cheer on the Chippewas in Mount Pleasant. Fans should be prepared to wear as much Maroon and Gold as possible and be ready to sing “The Fighting Chippewa” early and often. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Central Michigan Chippewas football tickets.
Central Michigan Chippewas Football at Kelly-Shorts Stadium Address: 2300 East Campus Dr, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, 48858
The Central Michigan University Chippewas football team plays their home games at Kelly-Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Kelly/Shorts Stadium has been home to the Chippewas since 1972 and can seat over 32,000 fans. The stadium was originally named Perry Shorts Stadium after the major university donor, but was renamed Kelly/Shorts Stadium in 1983 to also honor Kenneth Kelly who coached the Chippewas from 1951 to 1966. Kelly/Shorts was expanded in 1997 to allow the overall capacity to increase from 20,000 to 30,000 fans, placing it among the largest in the Mid-American Conference. Kelly/Shorts Stadium has become one of the most feared and iconic stadiums in the MAC and has provided the Chippewas with a great home field advantage over the last four decades. Kelly-Shorts Stadium parking information is covered in our Chippewas event guide.
CMU vs. WMU
Dating back to 1907, this rivalry is one of the most contentious all-Michigan matchups in the country. The two schools have played over 80 times, meeting annually since 1943. The winner of the game is awarded the Victory Cannon Trophy, which is one of the largest and most coveted trophies in the sport. The outcome also helps determine who will win the Michigan MAC Trophy, a contest that also includes Eastern Michigan. This is one of the defining rivalries of the MAC, and one of the highlights of every season.
CMU vs. EMU
Although this matchup does not get the same hype as the WMU game, it has been every bit as competitive over the last decade. The schools have played over 85 times, with the Chippewas owning a healthy advantage in the overall series. Since the origin of the Michigan MAC trophy in 2005, this rivalry has been taken to a new level, with the Chippewas and Eagles winning the trophy competition 8 of the first 9 seasons. This rivalry has evolved into one of the most important in the MAC.
Central Michigan Chippewas Event Guide
How can I buy cheap Central Michigan Chippewas tickets?
TicketCity offers a big selection of Central Michigan Chippewas football tickets which include some of the lowest priced seats on the market. Central Michigan tickets fluctuate based on demand and opponent. Marquee MAC opponents like Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio), and NIU can drive up home game prices. While cheap tickets are more plentiful for unranked, non-conference opponents. Those early season games may offer the best opportunity to purchase Central Michigan tickets near face value.
Where can I find the 2015-2016 Central Michigan Chippewas football schedule?
The Chippewas 2014-2015 football schedule is listed as soon as it is announced by the MAC. Central Michigan plays in the MAC West Division, which means games against Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo, and Western Michigan. Game times are announced by Central Michigan as soon as the TV schedule is set. Central Michigan’s home opener is typically one of the most popular games. They also play Western Michigan for the Victory Cannon Trophy. If you are looking for Chippewas news or scores, then visit our partners at CBS Sports. They are also a good source for the official Central Michigan Chippewas team roster.
Can I buy Central Michigan Chippewas football season tickets?
Central Michigan Chippewas season tickets are available to buy until kickoff of their home opener. Check our listings above or call us if you would like to purchase Central Michigan football season tickets. Let us know if you want a particular section at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
What is the best Central Michigan rivalry game during the season?
The biggest game of the season is without a doubt the matchup with Western Michigan. Each time the Broncos and Chippewas meet on the gridiron the records of the teams coming into the game can be thrown out the window because the play on the field is going to be tough. The schools are only separated by about a 2 hour drive, allowing fans to travel in force to away games, adding to the already electric atmosphere of this matchup.
What is the best gameday tradition at a Chippewas home game?
Gamedays at Kelly/Shorts Stadium are the scene to some of the best chants in college football. Before the football team takes the field, the Marching Chips fire up the fans with a performance which is always opened with the famous “Ooo-Wah” cheer. The fans rise to their feet and a chilling “oooo-Wah” “Chip-oooooo-wah” erupts from the band and fans. It signals the beginning of game day and is a warning to the opposing team that they are now in Chippewas nation. This tradition is one of the most iconic entrances in college football and should be experienced by all Chippewas fans.