Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Division I FCS

Head Coach: Dewayne Alexander

Team Mascot: Awesome Eagle

Year Opened: 1966

Capacity: 16500

City / State: Cookeville / Tennessee

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Sgt. York Trophy

Rival Team: Austin Peay Governors, Tennessee State Tigers, and UT Martin Skyhawks

The Sgt. York Trophy is awarded to the winner of the four-way rivalry between, Austin Peay, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, and UT Martin. There is more than just a win in the standing on the line when these Tennessee-based Ohio Valley Conference teams meet, so don’t miss it when the Golden Eagles take on one of their Tennessee-based rivals.

Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles Tailgate Guide


If you want to make the most out of your trip to Tennessee Tech, then arrive early and enjoy tailgating with Golden Eagles fans. Golden Eagles fans love their team and are quite friendly making it easy for you to start a conversation with your fellow tailgaters.

You’ll also find lots to see and do before the game as Tennessee Tech offers plenty of kids activities as well as a pregame pep rally. The pep rally takes place approximately 40 minutes before kickoff on the west side of the stadium and features the band and cheerleaders.

The friendliness of the fans and pageantry on display at Tennessee Tech make tailgating a must for any taking in a Golden Eagles game at Tucker Stadium.


Pregame Pep Rally

Make sure to check out the pregame pep rally before the game. The pep rally features the band, cheerleaders, and other spirit groups making it the perfect way to get into the Golden Eagles spirit before the game.

Kids Activities

Tennessee Tech tailgates feature plenty of kids activities including inflatables and more. If you’re tailgating with the kids, don’t worry as there is plenty to keep them occupied at the tailgate.

Where to tailgate

Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles Stadium Guide

In Game

A Tennessee Tech football game is a fun experience for college football fans, especially if you enjoy small school football with a close knit community. At Tennessee Tech it seems like everyone knows everyone and there is lots of camaraderie among the fans. Everyone here is very friendly making it easy for you to feel a part of the group even if you’re rooting for the opposing team.

In addition to very welcoming fans, Tennessee Tech is also home to some great pageantry. The cannon fire after every Golden Eagles score is a nice touch, and the marching band puts on a fantastic performance as well. You also won’t want to miss Awesome Eagle, the Golden Girls, or the Cheerleaders who do a great job of keeping spirits high even when the Golden Eagles are struggling on the field.

A trip to Tennessee Tech is a fun time for FCS football fans, so plan your trip to Cookeville today.

Things to check out


Don’t miss the firing of the cannon by the ROTC at Tucker Stadium. The cannon is fired after every Golden Eagles score as well as before the game. Nothing fires up the crowd up like the firing of the cannon, so get loud when you hear it go off.

The Golden Eagle Marching Band

The Golden Eagle Marching Band is a big part of every Tennessee Tech football game and puts on quite the show. The band’s performance is always one of the more memorable parts of the game, and you won’t want to miss the pregame or halftime show. Don’t leave your seat when the band takes the field as you’ll be in for a show.

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Awesome Eagle

Awesome Eagle is one of the best mascots around, and he does a fantastic job of interacting with fans at the game. No matter what your age, you won’t want miss Awesome Eagle, so keep an eye out for him at the game.

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Golden Girls

The Golden Girls dance team will dazzle you with their impressive dance routines. These talented dancers are a must-see part of any Golden Eagles game, so keep your eyes on the field when they take the stage.


Join the cheerleaders as they try to propel the Golden Eagles to victory with their cheers and chants. The cheerleaders do a great job of pumping up the crowd and are a fun part of any Tennessee Tech football game.

Fight Songs

  1. The Tennessee Tech Fight Song

    There they go again today,
    What a team,
    Yea, the Eagles!
    You’ll hear everybody say
    ?Better get on the ball with the Eagles!’
    Make that touchdown play again,
    See them running up the score, for
    We’ll be leading all the way
    With our own Tech Golden Eagles!

  2. The Tennessee Tech Hymn

    The quiet hills stand steadfast
    Round walls of russet brown
    On halls serene and campus green
    The smoky hills look down;
    And proudly may I cherish
    What thou hast giv’n to me,
    Oh Alma Mater, Tennessee Tech,
    God prosper thee.

    Deep purple stand the mountains
    And golden sets the sun.
    We proudly wear these colors fair
    Until our goal is won;
    We pledge thee faithful service,
    Our love and loyalty,
    Oh Alma Mater, Tennessee Tech,
    God prosper thee.

Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles Bars & Restaurants

  1. Father Tom’s Pub

    Father Toms Pub salad

    A beautiful place to be at when you are hungry and you want to be fed with good, high-quality, delicious food and taken-cared of by nice servers.

    32 N Cedar Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. 19th Hole Club House

    19th Hole Club House beer

    Awesome food, drinks, service, and TV's that play sports!

    1068 E 10th St, Cookeville, TN 38501, USA

    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  3. Spankie’s

    Bar Champs Beer Tailgates Sports Bar and Grill Rhody Joes

    Make Spankies part of your daily routine. Want to watch the game? Yes we have flat screen HDTV’s big and small; We love our Titans, Vols, and Predators! We have a huge selection of channels, including NFL Network, SEC network, all the ESPN’s and The entire Fox sports system.

    203 E 9th St, Cookeville, TN 38501, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  4. Hooligans Half Irish Pub

    Criterion beer Mazzys Brewballs Cogans Deli Sports Pub Kamikazes Libbys Bar Grill Knot Pub Cara Irish Mess Hall

    A wide array of beers local, domestic, and international; High-quality food that you might expect to find in any Half Irish Pub.

    586 S Jefferson Ave a, Cookeville, TN 38501, USA

    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  5. Seven Senses Food & Cheer

    Seven Senses Food Cheer burger

    Tasty appetizers... piled-high sandwiches... hearty salads... full-on entrees... and all the drinks in between!

    32 W Broad St, Cookeville, TN 38501, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. Family Traditions Cafe

    southern food

    Real Southern cooking that's delicious and tasty!

    310 Dubois Rd, Cookeville, TN 38501, USA

    Bar website

    american - cafe - $$

  7. Mauricio’s Italian Restaurant

    Mauricios Italian Restaurant

    Good Italian food, old music from the 40's and 50's, and great atmosphere.

    232 N Peachtree Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501, USA

    Bar website

    italian - $$

  8. El Magueyal

    La Isla mexican El Toro Bar Grill

    Super delicious Mexican food and great service.

    1068 E 10th St, Cookeville, TN 38501, USA

    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  9. CH Steak Lounge Restaurant

    Char Steak Lounge

    Known for serving great food, pouring cold drinks and booking the best live music in town!

    14 S Washington Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501, USA

    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$

  10. Mamma Rosa’s Italian Restaurant

    Pizza Rock Falls Tavern Humboldt Steel Corp Restaurant Bar

    New York style hand tossed thin crust pizza & Sicilian style thick crust pizza.

    200 S Lowe Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501, USA

    Bar website

    italian - $$

  11. Nick’s Restaurant & Lounge

    Nicks Restaurant Lounge steak wine

    Nick's offers fresh-cut salads, homemade French Onion Au Gratin, homemade Lasagna, homemade Ice Cream Pie and many more options for everyone to choose from. Pride is taken with their in-house hand cut steaks and their Prime Rib is known to be the best in town.

    895 S Jefferson Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$