1. Tailgate Owley
Tailgate Owley is the official Rice tailgate area located just east of the stadium. It offers a great place for fans of all ages to tailgate before the game giving you the opportunity to see live music and pre-game performances. For younger fans, it offers face painting and inflatable games, so everyone in your party will have a great time at Tailgate Owley.
2. Marching Owl Band
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.
3. Bayou Bucket
Houston and Rice place for city supremacy as well as the Bayou Bucket when they meet on the gridiron. The rivalry dates back to 1971 when Houston entered the Southwest Conference and has remained strong to this day. The Cougars hold the lead in the all-time series 29-11, but the Owls will look to draw closer the next time these two bitter rivals meet.
4. Rice Stadium
Historic Rice Stadium has been home to the Owls football team since 1950 and has also hosted many other historically significant events. The most famous of which include John F. Kennedy’s speech on September 12, 1962, and Super Bowl VIII.
5. Mayor's Cup
The rivalry between SMU and Rice dates all the way back to 1916. Since then SMU has amounted a 48-41-1 all-time lead in the series. The stakes increased in 1998 with the addition of the Mayor’s Cup, so make sure to get your tickets when SMU comes to town.
6. Sammy the Owl
Sammy is the official costumed owl mascot at Rice and can be found all around the sideline on gamedays. He is a lively mascot and will surely put a smile on your face as he entertains the crowd during the game.
7. Premium Tailgates
Rice offers fans the opportunity to tailgate in style with their premium tailgating packages. These packages will equip you with a rooftop deck, TVs, and much more. The premium tailgate packages are perfect for groups of any size, as they can accommodate 20+ people.
8. The Roost
If you’re looking to enjoy a beer with the game then you’ll be in luck when attending a Rice game. Beer is permitted in The Roost, so stop by and throw down a few cold ones.
9. Rivalry with Texas
Despite the fact, the Southwest Conference dissolved after the 1996 season Rice and Texas still play on a nearly annual basis. The Longhorns have gotten the better of the Owls throughout most of the rivalry’s history, however, in 1994 Rice pulled off a major upset on national TV. There is always a chance that the Owls could pull the upset when playing the Longhorns, so make sure to make the trip to Rice when Texas is in town.