VOTE NOW: Toast Toss is Competing in Traditions Tournament

Traditions Tournament Bracket


PHILADELPHIA - One of the most unique traditions in sports, the toast toss at the University of Pennsylvania was one of 32 selected for the College Football Traditions Tournament.

Penn is the only FCS school in the tournament and is a No. 8 seed. In the first round, the Quakers are up against No. 1 seed Florida State's Chief Osceola and the flaming spear. Voting began July 1 and continues through July 5. You can vote for the Quakers here.

The toast toss takes place after the third quarter of home football games where Quaker fans unite in the singing of "Drink a Highball." As the last line is sung - "Here's a toast to dear old Penn" - the fans toss toast onto the sidelines.

Toast covers the track surrounding the field and the beloved “Toast Zamboni” sweeps up the bread. A group of engineering students modified Penn’s motorized turf cleaner so it would be able to pick up larger pieces of trash, and the "Toast Zamboni" is now a permanent fixture at Penn football games.

Originally, fans literally drank a highball, but the act of throwing toast was adopted after alcohol was banned from the stadium in the late 1970s. Students turned towards bread, and even bagels, so that they could continue to raise a "toast" to Penn.

The first toast toss at historic Franklin Field this season will be Sept. 21 when Quakers begin their defense of the Ivy title against Lafayette. It will mark the 119th season at Franklin Field - the nation's oldest collegiate football stadium.