Rice and Houston have an intense rivalry that spans a variety of sports. Bragging rights in the city of Houston are always on the line when the Owls and Cougars meet, and things became even more intense in 2002 when the Bayou Cup was added to the rivalry. Don’t miss the annual Rice-Houston game, as it’s always one of the biggest games of the year.
Rice Owls Stadium Guide
Tudor Fieldhouse is a quaint 5,000-seat arena that provides an incredibly intimate setting for college hoops. You’ll be right on top of the action no matter where you’re sitting at a Rice basketball game, making it a great experience for anyone who wants to see some Division I hoops up close.
You won’t be the only one who enjoys sitting up close and on top of the players. The Autry Army uses Tudor Fieldhouse’s small size to aid them in getting after the opponents. Rice students are the loudest fans in the building, and everyone on the court can hear their cheers, so come prepared to hear some heckling from the Autry Army.
Rice is located only a few miles from downtown Houston, so you’ll find lots of pre and post game entertainment nearby. Houston is home to a variety of restaurants, and the nearby Rice Village neighborhood has a lot to offer including Little Woodrow’s. Make it a full weekend trip when visiting Rice, so you can see all that Houston has to offer.
A Rice basketball game is home to an intimate atmosphere that you won’t soon forget and there is plenty to see in Houston, so plan your trip to Tudor Fieldhouse today.
Hanging from the rafters of Tudor Fieldhouse are banners honoring the school’s Nobel Peace Prize winners and Rhodes Scholars, as well as the basketball team’s accomplishments. Rather than honoring just athletics at their arena, Rice puts their own unique spin on it and honors their greatest scholars as well. Take a minute to see all of the banners hanging inside Tudor Fieldhouse.
Stop by the Rice Team Store if you’re looking to pick up a souvenir from your trip. The store is home to a wide variety of Rice gear, so no matter what you’re looking for you’ll find it here.
Sammy is the official costumed owl mascot at Rice and can be found all around the sideline on game days. He is a lively mascot and will surely put a smile on your face as he entertains the crowd during the game.
The Autry Army is famous for heckling opponents and giving them a hard time. These students will stop at nothing to help the Owls take home the W, so enjoy the uproarious atmosphere created by the Autry Army at a Rice basketball game.
After Game Free Throws
If you’re taking the kids, then a Rice basketball game offers a great opportunity for them to win a prize. After the game, kids can attempt a free throw for a chance to win a mini-basketball.
Rice’s marching band is not a marching band in the traditional sense and are in fact a scatter band, which means the members do not march and play non-standard instruments including violins, cellos, and even electric guitars. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for this unusual gameday band.
Fight for Rice, Rice fight on, loyal sons arise. The Blue and Gray for Rice today, comes breaking through skies. Fight, fight, fight! Stand and cheer, Vict’ry’s near, Sammy leads the way. Onward go! to crush the foe, We’ll fight for Blue and Gray.
All for Honor, we will fight on. We will be fighting when this day is done. And when the dawn comes breaking, We’ll be fighting on, Rice, for the Gray and Blue. We will be loyal, to Rice be true.
The Old Gray Bonnet
Put on your old gray bonnet with the blue ribbon on it And we’ll take old Sammy to the fray And we’ll rock, rock, rock’em And we’ll sock, sock, sock’em To the end of Judgment Day.