• The History of the Monarch (PDF)
Old Dominion University's official mascot is Big Blue, a friendly lion who is king of the Monarchs. In 2010, Big Blue was named the Capital One National Mascot of the Year after competing head to head in competition against 15 mascots from prestigious Universities. Big Blue appears at all home games for football, men's and women's basketball, and many other athletic and special events throughout the year.
How to Request Big Blue Big Blue is available for Athletic events, University and community events, birthday events, corporate events, Bar Mitzvahs, Tailgate Engagement Announcements, and Weddings based on his schedule.
To request an appearance by Big Blue, click here to download an appearance request form.
Requests must be received at least 30 days in advance of the event.
Athletic events will receive first priority for scheduling Big Blue.
There is no charge for Big Blue appearances for University departments, ODU student groups and non-profit organizations.
The standard appearance fee is $150 for Birthdays, Bar Mitzvahs, Engagement announcements, corporate events, etc. Fees support the operating fund for the members of the mascot team, as well as assist with event transportation costs. Checks are made payable to the Old Dominion University Athletic Foundation.