Tech is the live bulldog mascot at Louisiana Tech. He is an English bulldog and can be seen on the sidelines at every Louisiana Tech game. Keep your eyes peeled for him during the game as you wouldn’t want to miss this fan favorite.
2. Spirit of '88
The Spirit of ‘88 is a bronze bulldog statue located at the south end of the stadium. It commemorates the 1988 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team, who were pivotal in the programs ascension to Division 1-A. The statue also plays a major role in a pregame tradition, as before each game Bulldogs players touch the statue as they make their way onto the field.
3. Fire Bell
In 1968 Ruston’s old fire bell was moved to Joe Aillet Stadium, which has sparked a great tradition where the bell is rung before every football game. The tradition not only signals to fans that the game is about to start, but it also pays tribute to the bravery of a bulldog who lost his life saving two Tech students from a fire in 1899.
4. "Red Out" Game
The best game to go to is the annual red out game where everyone including the players are dressed in red. The atmosphere at this game is unique and would be the perfect time to experience an LA Tech game.
5. The Rabid Dawgs
The Rabid Dawgs is the nickname given to the passionate LA Tech students who aren’t afraid to paint themselves head to toe in team colors. The student section leads all the chants throughout the game and enhances the “in game” experience.
6. Bulldog Village
Bulldog Village, located on the steps of the Thomas Assembly Center, offers fans the opportunity to take part in a variety of pregame activities. This area offers music, inflatables, student-athlete autograph sessions, and lots more. Stop by Bulldog Village for a chance to show off your Bulldogs pride and get into the gameday spirit.
7. Tailgate Competition
Each game a group of student athletes goes around tastes the food from different tailgates. After the tasting is done a winner is selected, which is announced during the fourth quarter of the game. This fun competition is an excellent way to get into the Louisiana Tech gameday spirit, so don’t be afraid to join in if you get the chance.
8. Rivalry in Dixie
The rivalry with Southern Miss is one of the Bulldogs fiercest and their only currently active one. It dates back to 1935 when the Bulldogs shutout the Golden Eagles 27-0 and only has gotten more intense over the years. The name for the rivalry was coined in 1976 when Louisiana Tech head coach stated, “This is the finest rivalry in Dixie.” Southern Miss holds a 31-15 lead in the all-time series. However, the Bulldogs have won the last two meetings.
9. Band of Pride
The official 184 man band of Louisiana State creates a lot of the atmosphere at a Bulldogs game. They put on excellent pregame and halftime shows as well, so make sure to get to your seat early as you wouldn’t want to miss their outstanding performance.
The giant video scoreboard sits in the north end zone and is 25 by 45 feet. The scoreboard was the largest in the WAC when it was unveiled in 2009. Dawgzilla gives fans an excellent view of replays as well as the action on the field, so you’ll never have to worry about missing a play.