Best of the Rest: Texas A&M

Texas A&M has more to offer than the legacy of Johnny Football and Yell Leaders rather than cheerleaders. College Station, Texas has a special game day experience with unique traditions and passionate fans. Here’s why football fans should tailgate in Aggieland. But first, let’s review A&M tailgating.

Aggie Tailgates

Tailgating at Kyle Field hasn’t always been a huge, multi-day affair as it is for some of the SEC schools. Pre-game traditions have historically been a larger focus than grilling and drinking before the game, but the Aggies have caught on. Around the turn of the millennium, A&M fans began embracing the tailgate, and now they can hang with the best of them. Tents, games, TVs, food, drinks, maroon school buses – you name it, and you can find it at the tailgate. Luckily for visitors, enthusiastic tailgating is just part of the Aggie experience. Plenty of traditions and must-see spots will fill your game day weekend.

Midnight Yell

Arguably, the most famous Aggie tradition, the Midnight Yell has served as a pep rally since 1913. As the name implies, the Midnight Yell takes place at midnight in Kyle Field before each home game. Why is this cool? Because it’s a pep rally inside the stadium at midnight! Students gather to get excited and practice cheers before heading to the bars. Which leads us to…

The Dixie Chicken

Since it’s the oldest and most famous bar in the Northgate district, no trip to College Station is complete without going to The Dixie Chicken. Whether you go after the midnight yell or Saturday night, this is a great spot for local grub, live music, drink specials, and dominos. Yes, you read that correctly, dominos.

The Spirit Walk & Corps of Cadets March-in

2 hours and 15 minutes before the game, Texas A&M football players take a walk down Houston Street into their locker room. This attracts loads of screaming fans and is lead by the Aggie Band. The Aggie Band then gets ready for the Corps of Cadets March-in. 90 minutes before kick-off, fans line up to watch Texas A&M;s Corps of Cadets as they march through the streets and into Kyle Field. If you’re a fan of pageantry and marching in unison, then these events are for you, tailgater.

Kyle Field Will Be the Biggest Stadium in SEC

Another reason to tailgate in Aggieland is to experience Kyle Field before (and after) major renovations. Projected to open August 2015, the new and improved Kyle Field will have the highest seating capacity in the SEC. 12 Maroon lights will be added for home vicotorys and the field is being lowered to increase fan noise. Note: It’s already very loud at Kyle Field.

Should I go to College Station?

Yes. A passion for football is a given. The tailgating will be up to par with the other SEC schools – plenty of bar-b-que and beer, there are unique game day traditions that cannot be experience anywhere else in the country, and who doesn’t want to visit the Dixie Chicken? Check out an Aggieland game day and let us know where it ranks on your list of top tailgates.

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