Gorilla Village at Pittsburg State University

There’s no place quite like Gorilla Village

This 2.25 acre recreational destination is located on the shores of the University Lake, just east of Carnie Smith Stadium and provides the perfect location for pre-game festivities, family picnics and community events.

Bring the Tradition Home

Own a beloved piece of Pittsburg State Gorilla tradition, The Champions Plaza Sculpture, by world-renowned artist, Tom Corbin.


Make Your Mark

Make your mark on the university’s famed “Gorilla Walk” by reserving a personalized Champions Plaza paver.


Plan an Event at Gorilla Village

Gorilla Village is the perfect location to visit or host your event. Space is limited!

About Gorilla Village


This area has long served as a GameDay destination for Gorilla fans but wasn't’t until September 26, 1998, that the university officially created an organized GameDay activity. Known as GorillaFest, this pre-game celebration offers fans and visitors alike a family-friendly atmosphere that is filled with live music, delicious food, children’s games and a spirit of community that you won’t find anywhere else.


Pittsburg State football tradition

Gorilla Village also plays an integral part in a Pittsburg State football tradition. Approximately 80 minutes before kickoff, members of the Pitt State football team will walk directly in front of the entrance to Gorilla Village as they prepare to enter the stadium. Thousands of fans line up on either side of entrance during this “Gorilla Walk” to shake players’ hands and cheer them on to victory. It’s a special moment for players and fans alike, and one of the university’s most beloved traditions.

Although Gorilla Village is best known for its GameDay activities, it has also become a popular destination for the community. Live bands often perform in the village and Gorilla Hall (the shelter house) often hosts student gatherings, family picnics and community gatherings.


Gus kid cheerleader



The Gorilla Walk 

The Gorilla Walk is Pittsburg State’s most anticipated and emotional football GameDay tradition. Approximately 80 minutes prior to kickoff, fans begin to gather along the pathway between the athletic complex and Carnie Smith Stadium in anticipation of the team’s arrival. Led by Gus Gorilla, players and coaches are greeted by fans, young and old alike, as they walk to their locker room inside the stadium. Even veteran Gorilla football fans say they get goose bumps from watching youngsters in over-sized Pitt State football jerseys reach up to get high-fives from their favorite football players.




Plan your next event at Gorilla Village

The beauty and convenience of Gorilla Village make it the perfect location to visit or host your event. It offers two Gorilla Halls (shelter houses), a large gazebo and convenient parking. Although its primary purpose is to serve the needs of the university, it is also available for use by the community.

Space is limited and reservations must be made well in advance.

Please contact the Jack H. Overman Student Center at 620.235.4791 to inquire about availability.


Champions Plaza at Pittsburg State University

A tribute to Gorilla fans, alumni and student-athletes

Unveiled in October of 2014, the plaza was designed to honor the passion that Pittsburg State students and alumni feel for their university while, at the same time, celebrate the achievements of the university’s athletic teams. Learn more...

Timmons Chapel

Gorilla Village is located just steps away from Timmons Chapel, which makes it the perfect place for wedding photos, receptions and rehearsal dinners. Gorilla Village is an exciting and important part of the Pittsburg State campus. We encourage you to make it a part of your campus or community tour.