Introduction to the Ball State Cardinals

Ball State University Logo

The Ball State University Cardinals are a NCAA Division I football program and play in the Mid-American Conference. The Cardinals play in Schumann Stadium, which opened in 1967 and has a capacity of 25,400. The Cardinals are coached by Stan Parrish. In 2008, they accrued a record of 12-1, winning the MAC West Division and narrowly missing out on an undefeated season and a MAC Championship. The 2008 season marked the first time in history that Ball State were featured the Top 25 AP Poll, occupying the 12th spot for a period of the season.
Historically the Cardinals have not fared well in Division I bowl games, with an 0-5 record.

Scheumann Stadium - Home of the Cardinals


Tailgating in cars and pickups at Ball State occurs on the parking lot to the west of Schumann Stadium. Tailgating for RVs and buses occurs in the Alumni Center Parking lot, which is located to the south of the stadium. Both parking lots are school property and, as such, are subject to rules and prices put in place by the university.


Ball State University charges $5.00 per car and $20 per RV.


Current rules include the following:
  • Tailgating begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.
  • Among people age 21 or older, responsible alcohol consumption will be allowed in designated locations.
  • All beverages should be in aluminum cans, plastic bottles, or paper or plastic cups. For safety reasons, glass bottles are be allowed.
  • No kegs or hard liquor are permitted.
  • Couches or other indoor furniture are not allowed.