History of Spike the Bulldog
In Gonzaga's early football history, the teams were called the "Blue and Whites" or "The Fighting Irish". After a football game in 1921, a reporter wrote that Gonzaga fought tenaciously like bulldogs. Thus, that description became the new mascot. Over the years, Gonzaga has had numerous live bulldogs as mascots.
Human mascots replaced live dogs in 1980 when a Gonzaga student, Mike Griffin, wore a cape and called himself "Captain Zag." He remained the Gonzaga mascot from 1980 until 1982. A few more students donned the Captain Zag uniform before a bulldog mascot returned in 1985. Lee Mauney, a student from Hatchie Bottom, Mississippi, introduced the Gonzaga crowd to the first costumed bulldog mascot in 1985. He held the role from 1985-88.
Spike has become synonymous with Gonzaga Athletics. In 2000, Spike rose to national prominence when he was among a group of mascots that appeared in Nike's "Welcome to Bracketville" promotional commercials for the NCAA Tournament.
Mascot Appearance Policy (^ )
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Spike the Bulldog makes regular appearances at Gonzaga Men's & Women's Basketball, Volleyball, Men's & Women's Soccer, and Baseball games. He can also be found at various University and community events throughout the year. Spike is available to appear at events hosted by not-for-profit entities, birthday parties, weddings, and other non-commercial, private events for a fee.
The approval of mascot appearance requests is based on (1) the event's compliance with the appearance guidelines detailed in the next section and (2) mascot availability, with priority given to Gonzaga athletic events. Appearance request approval is at the sole discretion of the Gonzaga Athletic Department.
We recommend that you not center your event on an appearance by Spike, but rather that you consider Spike's appearance as a complement to your event, keeping in mind that we are unable to fulfill many requests due to scheduling conflicts.
To uphold the University mascot standards, only individuals authorized by the Athletic Department may wear the mascot costume and perform as Spike. For liability reasons, we do not lend the mascot costume.
Appearance FeesEvent Type Appearance Fee, First Hour Appearance Fee, Additional Hour (up to 3 total hours) Travel Compensation On-campus, University-related appearance* $0 $0 - Off-campus, University-related appearance $25 $25 $0.565/mile (up to 50 miles) Sponsor-related appearance $50 $25 $0.565/mile (up to 50 miles) Non-profit event appearance $25 - $0.565/mile (up to 50 miles) Private event appearance (i.e. events for non-commercial entities, such as birthday parties, weddings, etc.) $75 $25 $0.565/mile (up to 50 miles) *Gonzaga University departments will be charged a $25 cleaning fee upon the second appearance per academic semester.