Built in 1924 at a then-astronomical cost of $75,000, Folsom Field was carved out of a hillside on the northeast corner of the University of Colorado campus. But smart business planning and construction allowed for the stadium to be fully paid for in less than decade.
The stadium has gone through many alterations through the years, most recently with the addition of club seating and 41 spacious suites on the east side in 2003.
With the CU campus nestled at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the views from the stadium's south and east stands are among the most scenic in the country. Folsom Field's floor featured artificial turf from 1971 to 1998, but otherwise has been natural grass. A distinct feature is an emblazoned "COLORADO" in the south horseshoe.
Folsom Field is home to one of the more unique, and intimidating, mascots in the country. Ralphie, a live female buffalo, leads the CU team on to the field at the beginning of the game and the second half, usually right along the opponent's sideline. Colorado now has two Ralphies -- IV and V.
The buffalo became associated with the program in 1934 after a school newspaper contest. While live buffaloes appeared at games starting in the 1930s and '40s, Ralphie's first run around Folsom Field began in 1966. Because there was no limit on how many times Ralphie rounded the field, the turf quickly became damaged and the tradition of running Ralphie just twice a game started at homecoming in 1967.
All handlers for Ralphie must be CU students, and tryouts are conducted around the spring game. Occasionally, Ralphie has gotten away from his handlers during runs, causing quite a commotion but no serious damage. Colorado also has a costumed mascot named Chip that has scored among the top in national competitions, according to the school.