1. Paint Your Rivals Red
The Red Wolves have a fierce rivalry with the Memphis Tigers, which dates back to 1914 when ASU beat Memphis 18-6. The Paint Bucket Bowl as it is affectionately called is named for the fact that the winner is awarded a trophy made out of a paint bucket and brushes. The victors of this rivalry game also get to smear a designated part of the rival’s campus with paint each year. Memphis leads the all-time series 30-23-5, but the Red Wolves will be howling to even things up in the near future.
2. Tailgate City
Tailgate City is the primary tailgate area set up by the school and community sponsors. Here the locals, as well as local businesses, set up shop to sell food, drinks, and even Red Wolves gear. The tailgate had grown in recent years and is a great place to head to before a game particularly if you left your Arkansas State gear at home.
3. Student Tailgate
If partying is your thing, then look no further than the student tailgate here at Arkansas State University. The student tailgate takes place in the grove to the east of the stadium, which offers plenty of shade to help you beat the heat during early September games. Located here are all the fraternity and sorority parties as well as the loudest music at the tailgate.
4. In Conference Rivalries
Not only do the Red Wolves have a heated rivalry with Memphis they also have rivalries with conference foes Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana-Lafayette. The hatred runs deep in both these rivalries that date back before the schools’ membership to the Sun Belt Conference.
5. The Arkansas Pig Roast
The barbecue particularly pig roasting is the cornerstone to any great Arkansas tailgate. An ASU tailgate is a fantastic spot for barbecue whether you’re looking for a pulled pork sandwich or a full slab of baby back ribs. The locals supply a wide variety of tangy sauces each coming from their secret recipe.
6. Red Wolf Walk
The Red Wolf Walk offers ASU fans a chance to see off the team before they take the field. The band leads the players and coaches through campus from the Pavillion to the locker room. The walk is an excellent way to get your Red Wolves ready to take down the opposition.
7. The Entrance
The Red Wolves kick off the game with a blast as they enter the field through a wolf’s head accompanied by the sound of howls and pyrotechnics. The deafening howls and bright firework display are accompanied by the sight of the mascot Howl streaming down the field on a motorcycle. This entrance gets everyone pumped to see some Red Wolves football.
Howl is one of the coolest mascots in college football as he is a bright red wolf with ferocious teeth. He is very active on the cheer squad and also can be seen patrolling the student section. Perhaps the coolest thing about Howl is the way he flies down the field on his motorcycle before every game.
9. Letterman’s Arch
Check out the Letterman’s Arch as you make your way into Centennial Bank Stadium. The Letterman’s Arch is a nice tribute to past Arkansas State players and something everyone should see when attending a Red Wolves game.
10. The Atmosphere
Centennial Bank Stadium is spotless compared to many college and pro football stadiums. This does not mean though that the fans here are not very passionate as the crowds at ASU usually fill the stadium to capacity. The students here pack the stands as soon as the gates are opened and will continuously howl throughout the game. These howls get particularly loud when the team needs a big defensive stop or when the team scores.