Fight Song & Game Day

students with hands in the air during game

freshman doing the wildcat dash

Fight Song

The fight song was written by Northwestern University Wildacat Marching Band member Theodore Van Etten (Class of 1913) during the 1912 football season. The song premiered in the final game of the 1912 season against the Illinois Fighting Illini, which Northwestern won 6-0. The song is still a major part of every Northwestern sporting event.

Listen to the audio for the Fight song here.

Game Day

Wildcat Growl & Claw

The tradition where every Northwestern fan holds his/her arm up angled upwards with a hand in a Wildcat claw. This is followed by creating as much noise as possible in order to distract the opponent. The tradition occurs when Northwestern is on defense, and the growl is the loudest during every third down.

Hands in the Air

Before the start of the fourth quarter, join a guest conductor in turning the volume up at Ryan Field by putting your hands in the air! To see previous "Hands In The Air" videos, click here.

Wildcat Dash

Before the kick-off to the Big10 home opener, Northwestern’s first year students are given the chance to lead the team out onto the field as a class.