3. Texas A&M “Fan Participation”
When it comes to fan participation in college football, not many programs can top Texas A&M’s faithful. They are the “12th Man” but their tenacity and traditions do not begin with the kickoff. The Aggies’ tailgate starts the night before with the “Midnight Yell,” a tradition started in 1913. It’s like a pep-rally, but it doesn’t end until the game ends the next day.
On game day mornings, many fans flock to the Aggie Fan Zone, an area reserved for pedestrian traffic only. It’s a prime place for refreshments and a chance at an autograph by either a current or former Aggie. There’s also the Spirit Walk, during which the team walks by the fans. And ninety minutes before the game a very special tradition takes place — the Corps March-In. There, the Corps of Cadets march toward Kyle Field and are accompanied by A&M’s marching band.