1. Bearkat Alley
Sam Houston State students will have a fantastic time tailgating at Bearkat Alley. A variety of student groups camp out on the north side of the stadium preparing food before the game creating a fun atmosphere. Best of all the food is free to anyone with a Bearkat OneCard.
2. Bearkat Marching Band
The Bearkat Marching Band’s pregame and halftime shows are both excellent performances, so don’t leave your seat when you see them take the field. The band also provides a great atmosphere throughout the game with their in-game music as well making them a fantastic part of any game.
3. Kat Krazies
You can spot the Kat Krazies in the first few rows near the 50-yard line cheering on the Bearkats. The Kat Krazies are the wildest and craziest fans at Sam Houston State games, so keep an eye out for them and their antics at the game.
4. Pregame Pep Rally
Make sure to see the pregame pep rally outside Bowers Stadium before the game. The pep rally is the perfect way to get into the Bearkats spirit and a must-see part of any Sam Houston State tailgate.
5. Sammy Bearkat
Fans young and old enjoy Sammy Bearkat and his in-game shenanigans. If you see Sammy Bearkat during the game give him a hug or high five.
6. Battle of the Piney Woods
The rivalry between Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin is the second longest continuous running rivalry in the FCS dating back to 1923. In 2007, a 21-pound cedar trophy depicting pistols and a tombstone was added to the rivalry. Head down to Huntsville to watch the Bearkats take on the Lumberjacks in the annual Battle of the Piney Woods.
7. Bearkats Entrance
Get to your seat early, so you don’t miss the Bearkats entrance. Before the game, the Bearkats enter the game by running through an inflatable helmet working the crowd into a frenzy. The entrance is an incredible part of any Bearkats game making it a must-see.
8. Cheer Teams
Get up and cheer along with the Bearkats cheer teams during the game. The cheer teams do a fantastic job of pumping up the crowd, so join in and show your support for the Bearkats.
Sam Houston State installed a new 32 ft 4 in by 79 ft 6 in video scoreboard in 2015 giving you a fantastic view of every replay. The new video board makes a world of difference, so enjoy it when taking in a Bearkats game.
10. Orange Pride Dance Team
You won’t want to miss the performances of the Orange Pride Dance Team. The Orange Pride will dazzle you with their dance moves making them a can’t miss part of any game.