The Complete Guide to Aggie Game Day
There’s no college gameday like an Aggie Gameday. Throughout the SEC and beyond, College Station is known as one of the most spirited college towns in the country. Aggie football games and the pre-game traditions that come with them are one of the biggest reasons why.
On TAMU game days, the most exciting events of the day often take place off the field. After all, not every game can run for seven overtimes and culminate in an overdue Aggie win over LSU. Because of the festivities, you don’t even have to be a football aficionado to get into gameday at Texas A&M.
All Gameday weekend long, Kyle Field is an epicenter for Aggie spirit. Events unfurl in and around the field celebrating the Fightin’ Texas Aggies and the many fans who flock to College Station in honor of home games. Brush up on our Aggie Gameday complete guide so you can best embody the 12th Man come fall.
Pepsi Fan Zone
Unless you set up your own tailgate, the Pepsi Fan Zone is one of the first experiences to open up on Gameday. Fortunately, it’s also one of the most expansive. Play tailgate games like Pepsi toss up, then fill up on food from some of College Station’s most popular eateries.
Next stop: Bud Light Victory Street. Set up next to Kyle Field, Victory Street is what Gameday dreams are made of. Stop by for cool beer, great food, games, and live music. It’s the perfect pitstop between your other Gameday engagements.
If there’s a signature Aggie past time, it’s tailgating. Aggie’s flock to the blocks around College Station as early as 7 a.m. on Gamedays. For most, tailgating includes firing up a grill and greeting passersby with a “Whoop.” Don't have the gear to set up your own? Head to the All-Aggie Tailgate at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center.
The Midnight Yell is among Texas A&M's most beloved traditions, yet it's not for the faint of heart. Why? It calls Aggie's to head en masse to Kyle Field at midnight before every home game. Sign The Aggie War Hymn and listen to stories from yell leaders about how the Aggie's might beat their opponent in the coming game.
Kids’ Yell Practice
Head to the War Hymn Statue, kids in tow, for this pre-game yell practice. Initiate your kids into the way of the Aggie yell with this interactive event led by Yell Leaders. The Yell Leaders will walk your kids through the Aggie cheers and chants they’ll need to know come game time.
Team Spirit Walk
Gather around the War Hymn Statue for the Team Spirit Walk. Dressed in their maroon and white best, the entire Fightin’ Texas Aggies team will parade down the street to Kyle Field. Front row spectators may even snag a high five from their favorite player.
Corps of Cadets Step-Off
Witness all 2,500+ members of the Corps of Cadets as they step into formation. Beginning an hour and a half before kickoff, the Corps of Cadets marches from the Quad to the Fan Zone as fans look on. They then enter Kyle Field one hour prior to kick-off.
“Texas Our Texas” and Flyover
All college football programs begin their games with a rendition of the National Anthem. That’s where the similarities between Aggie and other pre-game rituals end. All of Kyle Field will break out into “Texas, Our Texas” as F-35A’s fly overhead.
“Spirit of Aggieland”
It wouldn’t be a Gameday without “Spirit of Aggieland.” What began as a poem is now one of Aggieland’s most beloved songs. This spirit is never stronger than just before kickoff. Aggies join arms and let loose, singing lines like “We are the Aggies, the Aggies are we, true to each other as Aggies can be.”
All-Aggie Tailgate Halftime Show
The Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center broadcasts the entire Aggie game from the comfort of their building. Catch the game there, or even take a half time break from Kyle Field. The Aggie Band will perform during halftime, making a stop at the Alumni Center well worth it.
The post-game Yell Practice experience hangs in the balance until the Aggies officially win or lose. If the Aggies win, freshmen in the Corps tackle the Yell Leader, then throw them in the Fish Pond. The Aggie Band then gathers on the steps of the YMCA Building for an informal yell practice. If the Aggies lose, the yell practice takes place in the stands, building up the football team for their next match up.
There's no party like a post-Aggie win party. Make the most of your game day by finishing it up the Aggie way. Head to College Station's popular Northgate area for favorite bars and nightclubs like the Dixie Chicken. Or stay in the zone by stopping by our very own Block T Bar, where you can cheers to the game from a terrace overlooking Kyle Field.