1. Everyone's a Lobo Chant
One of the signature cheers you’ll hear in The Pit is the Everyone’s a Lobo chant. Fans chant, “Everyone’s a Lobo, Woof, Woof, Woof!” while making a wolf hand gesture. Join in on the cheer to show off your Lobos pride when attending a New Mexico game.
2. Standing to Start the Half
Everyone in The Pit remains standing and clapping until both teams score in each half. The tradition is an excellent way to put pressure on opponents who struggle to score, so come prepared to stand for a while before each team scores.
3. Rio Grande Rivalry: New Mexico-New Mexico State Rivalry
The rivalry between New Mexico and New Mexico State is older than the state of New Mexico, dating back to 1894. One of the unique things about this series is the fact the two schools are non-conference opponents yet typically play a home and home each season. The Lobos lead the all-time series 120-96, and you’ll be in for a treat when attending a New Mexico-New Mexico State game.
4. Lobo Howl
The annual Lobo Howl takes place on the first day teams are allowed to practice and is a fun event for any Lobos fan to attend. The event is a great way to see the team before the season starts as well as a good place to get autographs, so check it out if you’re in town.
New Mexico is home to one of the best pep bands in the Mountain West Conference. Soundpack plays a big part in creating the incredible atmosphere found inside The Pit and is a can’t miss aspect of any Lobos basketball game.
6. Lobo Statues
You’ll find several Lobos statues around the University of New Mexico campus, including one outside of The Pit. The statues present excellent photo opportunities, so explore the campus and get pictures with as many as possible.
7. New Mexico-San Diego State Rivalry
New Mexico and San Diego State are two of the top teams in the Mountain West, so you better believe you’ll be in for quite the show when these two meet. Not only are bragging rights on the line when the Lobos and Aztecs square off, but conference supremacy is also on the line as well. If you want to attend one of the biggest Mountain West Conference matchups of the year, don’t miss New Mexico-San Diego State.
8. Red Menace
Known as the Red Menace, the New Mexico student section creates a hostile environment each game. These are the most die hard fans in the arena and are what gives The Pit its reputation, so if you’re looking to cheer hard for Lobos then join the Red Menace.
9. Lobo Louie and Lobo Lucy
Keep an eye out for Lobo Louie and Lobo Lucy at a New Mexico basketball game. The two beloved mascots entertain the crowd throughout the game. The mascots do an excellent job of interacting with fans, so don’t miss them during your visit.
10. New Mexico-Arizona Rivalry
The Lobos and Wildcats recently renewed their rivalry creating a can’t miss matchup for any hoops fans in the southwest. The Lobos and Wildcats last played in 1999 prior to the 2016 season, but you’ll struggle to find a better matchup in the southwest than New Mexico-Arizona, so make sure to get your tickets when the Wildcats come to town.