SC Football Guide: Newberry College Red Wolves

By:Bob Gillespie


Like a number of South Carolina’s small-college teams, the Newberry Red Wolves – known as the Indians when the program began in 1913 – spent years in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), but joined its Southern Atlantic Conference (SAC) brethren in moving up to NCAA Division 2. Since then, the school has made numerous NCAA Playoff appearances and won SAC titles in 2006, 2008 and 2016.

The Red Wolves play a rugged brand of football, entertaining loud and enthusiastic crowds at historic Setzler Field. For lovers of small-college football, a fall afternoon on campus is always a treat.

How to enjoy a Wolves football weekend, inside or outside the stadium:

Getting tickets – Tickets are available for Newberry home games via the school’s ticket office.

Where to eat before the game – For an upscale meal, The Cabana Restaurant, with its Storm Cellar Wine and Cigar Bar, can't be beat. If barbecue is your thing, check out Steelhorse Smokehouse.

Where to celebrate after the game – Stephen W.’s Downtown Bistro is the perfect place for an elegant postgame meal and drinks. The same goes for Bar Figaro and its adjoining Figaro The Dining Room.

Where to buy Newberry gear – Newberry’s college bookstore has plenty of Red Wolves gear, as does Armfield’s Office and School Supply.

Where to tailgate with Wolves fans – Join plenty of longtime Newberry fans at Walker Field, next to Walker Hall between Setzler Field and the school’s field house, Eleazer Arena.

Where to purchase your tailgate fare – Get fried chicken, burgers, fries and more at Zesto Drive-in on College Street.

Best Newberry game day rituals – Before games, Newberry players enter Setzler Field following a classic red pickup truck, decked out in Red Wolves decals and driven by a longtime Newberry fan.

What they’re singing or dancing to – Newberry’s band plays the school fight song before games and whenever the team scores.

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