Prairie View A&M Panthers Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Head Coach: Bubba McDowell

Team Mascot: Black Panther

Year Opened: 2016

Capacity: 15000

City / State: Prairie View / Texas

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

State Fair Classic

Rival Team: Grambling Tigers

The State Fair Classic takes place during the Texas State Fair and pits the Grambling Tigers against the Prairie View A&M Panthers. The game is contested at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and dates back to 1925. However, the game has only regularly been contested between Grambling State and Prairie View A&M since the mid-1980s. You won’t want to miss the State Fair Classic, so make sure to be in attendance when the Tigers and Panthers square off.

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Labor Day Classic

Rival Team: Texas Southern Tigers

You won’t find a better time to come out to Prairie View for a football game than the Labor Day Classic. The Labor Day Classic between the Prairie View A&M Panthers and Texas Southern Tigers has been played every year since 1947, and the winner of the contest takes home the Durley-Nicks Trophy. Texas Southern may lead the all-time series 44-27-1, but you won’t want to miss it as the Panthers try to narrow the gap.

Prairie View A&M Panthers Tailgate Guide


If you like wild tailgates filled with plenty of food, drinks, and music, then you’ll have a fantastic time attending a Prairie View A&M Panthers game. Panthers fans, alumni, and students from all over the area come out to support the team on game days, and it shows. Everywhere you look, you’ll see fans dressed in purple and gold grilling out having fun.

The best time to attend a Panthers game is during homecoming. The parade before the game is a must-see for anyone who is affiliated with Prairie View A&M, and even if you aren’t you’ll still have a fun time taking in all the festivities. Arrive early to the homecoming game or any Panthers football game, to enjoy tailgating with your fellow Panthers fans.

Prairie View A&M has a fantastic fanbase which loves to tailgate, so if you have the opportunity to take in a Panthers game in person arrive here early to get the most out of your trip.


Homecoming Parade

Celebrate your return to “The Hill” with the homecoming parade. The parade is the perfect way to get into the Panthers gameday spirit, so make sure to attend the parade before cheering on the Panthers to victory in the new Panthers Stadium at Blackshear Field.

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Where to tailgate

Prairie View A&M Panthers Stadium Guide

In Game

In 2016, the Panthers replaced their old dilapidated stadium with a brand new facility significantly improving the in-game experience at Prairie View A&M games. The new stadium provides one of the best places to watch a game in the SWAC and is a treat for any longtime Panthers fans. The new facility itself is worth the trip to Prairie View as it provides you with an incredible viewing experience that any SWAC football fan would enjoy.

In addition to a brand new stadium, Panthers games also boast one of the band in the country and an incredible dance team. Both groups steal the shows with their performances, and while you may come to the game for the football, the Marching Storm Band and Panther Dolls are what will want you coming back for more.

Finally, Prairie View A&M has an extremely passionate fan base that goes all out to support the team on game days. Whether it’s a nonconference game or the Labor Day classic, Panthers fans come out in large numbers to cheer on their team to victory creating a great in-game atmosphere.

Prairie View A&M games are a fantastic experience for any college football fan, so plan your trip to Prairie View today.

Things to check out

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Marching Storm Band

The Marching Storm Band is a must-see part of any Prairie View A&M football game. The band is one of the best around, and their performances are worth the price of admission all on their own. You may come to a Prairie View A&M game for the football, but you’ll stay for the Marching Storm Band.

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Panther Dolls

The Marching Storm Band isn’t the only group that puts on a show-stopping performance, the Panther Dolls are also fantastic. The Panther Dolls will dazzle you with their routines all throughout the game, so take notice when they take center stage.

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PVAMU Cheerleaders

The PVAMU Cheerleaders will get you up on your feet and cheering with their routines. You won’t be able to help but join in the cheers and chants of the cheerleaders, so come prepared to get loud and show your support for the Panthers.

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Fans, especially young fans, love the Panthers’ mascot, so keep an eye out for him at the game. The mascot gets into all kinds of antics during the game and if you see him on the concourse make sure to give him a high five.

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Fight Songs

  1. Dear Prairie View

    Alma Mater

    Dear Prairie View, our song to thee we raise
    In gratitude, we sing our hymn of praise,
    For mem’ries dear, for friends and recollections,
    For lessons learned while here we’ve lived with thee,
    For these we pledge our hearts full of devotion,
    To serve thee now, and through eternity.

    As days go by, our hearts will not grow cold,
    We’ll love thy purple royal and thy gold,
    We’ll through our lives exemplify thy teachings,
    We’ll always strive a blessing to be.
    The children we our love and pride confessing,
    We’ll love thee now, and through eternity.

  2. Mighty Panthers

    We’re the Mighty Panthers
    We are Panthers until we die
    We’re Mighty Mighty Panthers
    And I’ll tell you that ain’t no lie
    We’re the Marching Panthers
    We are Panthers until we die
    We’re Mighty Marching Panthers,
    And I’ll tell you that ain’t no lie


  3. Cheer For Prairie View

    Fight Song

    Cheer for Prairie View
    Cheer for the purple and gold
    Let’s cheer them on
    Till they make a score.
    Get the ball and score some more
    Cheer for Prairie View
    Cheer for the purple and gold
    We’re marching on once more
    Till we make the score
    For a VICTORY!

Prairie View A&M Panthers Bars & Restaurants

  1. The Thirsty Parrot Bar & Grill

    The Thirsty Parrot Bar Grill

    Fantastic food and great service. A great place to stop by with friends.

    13200 Farm to Market 359, Hempstead, TX 77445, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. Hill Country BBQ

    Ricks Crossroads Grill BBQ

    Real Texas pit bbq.

    27004 Hwy 6, Hempstead, TX 77445, USA

    Bar website

    bbq - $$

  3. Cielito Lindo Restaurant


    Fantastic food and wonderful service.

    31303 Farm to Market 2920 STE G, Waller, TX 77484, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  4. Hempstead Seafood & Steak


    Great food and friendly service.

    210 Cottonwood, Hempstead, TX 77445, USA

    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$

  5. Carl’s BBQ

    Rogers Bar B Q House BBQ

    Serving mesquite smoked BBQ since 1951.

    21920 US-290, Cypress, TX 77429, USA

    Bar website

    bbq - $

  6. Hedgehog Grill

    Tooties Restaurant Burger Galaxy Diner Burger Chicken Box Restaurant Burger Buddys BBQ Burger TJs Restaurant Burger Lazy Palm Sports Bar and Grill Burger Skids Iggys Sports Grill

    Hedgehog Grill serves Southern comfort food made from scratch. We have 20 Texas craft beers on tap and a friendly staff.

    40100 US-290 BUS, Waller, TX 77484, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  7. Waller County Line BBQ

    Grannys Home Cooking BBQ Flying Pig Moes Original Bar B Que

    WCL is home to the most delicious, authentic slow cooked pit BBQ.

    20727 FM 362, Waller, TX 77484, USA

    Bar website

    bbq - $$

  8. Bistro 1876

    Fantastic food and excellent service.

    35725 Owens Rd, Prairie View, TX 77445, USA

    Bar website

    american - $