A large part of Longhorn culture is our excellence at sports and our strong fan base that comes with it. We have prominent Big 12 athletics programs in basketball, baseball, football, swimming and diving, and volleyball, amongst many others. Longhorn football game days are an integral part of the student experience at UT. On Saturdays the Fall Semester, this area is transformed into a sea of burnt orange and white. While walking towards the Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium on game day, you cannot miss the hundreds of tailgates going on in every open area as fans get ready to cheer on the Longhorns.
Once inside the stadium, energy is high as Texas Pom and Texas Cheer excite the crowd. The Longhorn Band starts its march at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music and plays school songs along their path to the stadium. Before kickoff, the band finishes its march to the stadium by entering the field playing "Texas Fight." Big Bertha, the Texas Drum, leads the band onto the field. On the sides of the field you can see Bevo, our longhorn mascot, with the Silver Spurs and Smokey the Cannon with the Texas Cowboys. The cheerleaders form a tunnel for the football team, and as the players run onto the field, Alpha Phi Omega runs out with a Texas-sized Texas Flag. The Texas Orange Jackets then lead the school in our alma mater, "The Eyes of Texas," with horns raised proudly in the air as the band plays and the Texas Flag flows like wind over an open prairie.
Nothing fires up Longhorn fans more than when we play Oklahoma University or Texas A&M University. The OU game is an experience of its own held annually at the Texas State Fair in Dallas. The A&M game is a family affair over Thanksgiving filled with food, football, family and friends cheering for the same, or maybe even different, team!
The Etter-Harbin Alumni Center is across the street from the Stadium. In its courtyard are many statues, including one of Bevo standing proud. It is a common to see people climb up on Bevo for a great picture opportunity. The alumni center also provides a secluded spot to enjoy lunch or grab a quick snack in between class at the Texas Espresso Cafe that overlooks Waller Creek. The alumni center is the home to the Texas Exes, the alumni association for UT graduates. UT has a vast and resourceful alumni network that is always ready to support current UT students. There are chapters of Texas Exes that meet across the nation to continue the Longhorn spirit and traditions for years to come.