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Good morning Bodda Getta,
TAMU reached out to me and asked that I post this information to help out-of-towners get the lay of the land for the game this weekend. You'll find info on tailgating, other parking, and scheduled campus activities open to fans of the visiting team. And if you have any specific questions, feel free to post them here and a representative from the University will answer them later this week. This has been a success on other sites in the 247Sports network and I hope helps you too.
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Howdy! Texas A&M University welcomes our guests from Auburn this weekend. If you are traveling to Aggieland for the game, here are a few helpful links and more information about our traditions.
Tailgating: If you’re coming to the game this weekend and are need of a full-service, reserved or campus tailgate, visit tailgateguystamu.com for more information. There are only a few spots left, so please inquire soon if you’re interested!
Visit GameDay Central for more information on parking, maps, tailgating and more: aggieathletics.com/gameday
Gameday activities and timeline: www.aggieathletics.com
Additional gameday information: tailgating.tamu.edu
Follow Texas A&M on Twitter: @TAMU
Here’s a snapshot of Texas A&M and some information about a few of their traditions:
Founded: 1876 (the first public university in Texas)
Enrollment: 58,809 (the largest university in Texas)
Academic ranking: 24th in the nation among public universities (U.S. News & World Report, 2014)
Research: Valued at more than $780 million annually
Alumni: More than 392,000 former students worldwide (Aggie grads are referred to as former students because the term “alumni” implies the graduates are “ex-Aggies”…but once an Aggie, always an Aggie!)
Texas A&M’s football stadium opened in 1927 on a plot of land purchased by E.J. Kyle, a professor of horticulture. Today, the stadium boasts a seating capacity of 83,000+, but crowds typically average around 87,000. Kyle Field is currently undergoing an extensive redevelopment that, when completed in time for the 2015 season, will create an expanded seating capacity of 102,500, making it one of the five largest stadiums in collegiate football.
The 12th Man
This term refers to the entire student body — both past and present — of Texas A&M. It’s a tradition that began in 1922 when after several injuries during a football game, the Aggies were down to 11 players. Student E. King Gill came from the stands and suited up, standing on the sidelines ready to enter the game if his team needed him. The spirit of this “Twelfth Man” can be seen today as current students—31,000 strong on the east side of the stadium—stand during the entire game to support their team. In fact, Texas A&M takes the 12th Man so seriously that the term is actually a protected trademark of the university.
Aggies don’t cheer — they yell! Five yell leaders are elected each year by the student body, and they lead Aggies in yells, indicating each yell by a different hand signal. Look for them in front of the student section — they wear all white! You can also listen for the Texas A&M student body doing different yells during any A&M sporting event.
Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band/Corps of Cadets
The nationally acclaimed Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band is known for its military precision and style. Watch out for them during halftime, when they step off from the north end of Kyle Field! You’ll notice that all of the members of the band are in uniform. This is because they are members of the Corps of Cadets. Texas A&M began as an all-male military institution when it was established in 1876, and while membership today is voluntary, the 2,400+ members of the Corps make up the largest uniformed body of students outside of the U.S. military academies.
Reveille, the first lady of Aggieland, is the official mascot of Texas A&M. The first Reveille came to campus in 1931, after a group of cadets found a stray dog on the side of the road. The current Reveille — Reveille VIII — is a full-blooded collie. “Miss Rev,” as the cadets call her, can be seen around campus, in class or attending a number of events (including home football games!).
At midnight the night before each home game, more than 25,000 Aggies gather at Kyle Field for a special Yell Practice. If you make it into town and don’t mind staying up late, come by the field to see this unique tradition for yourself—you may want to consider arriving early to find a good place to stand!
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This post was edited by LauraMcKay 6 months ago
Nice! Thanks for posting this.
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also, do yourself a favor and stay in Austin if you can. Great place to visit, plenty to do indoors and outdoors plus only a 2 hrs drive, if that, to Aggie land.
Thanks for the information. My wife and I are looking forward to the trip.
I'll post the 1st question. Where would be the best place for motorcycle parking near the stadium?
Nice for them to do this. Can't remember anyone else doing so. But then again I have CRS.
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IRISHTIGER said... (original post)Nice for them to do this. Can't remember anyone else doing so. But then again I have CRS.
IRISHTIGER said... (original post)
I don't believe anyone has either. Great idea by TAMU.
My parents are flying to Austin and staying there. Driving to College Station Saturday morning. It is a little over 1 hr drive.
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