1. Small School ‘Bama Football
Troy albeit a small school draws a fantastic crowd and as a result, has built up somewhat of a regional following. The Trojans draw a little above 20,000 fans on average, which is much better than many of their Sun Belt Conference foes who struggle to get 20,000 fans for even their biggest games. The dedicated Trojans fans have made Troy a staple of the Alabama football landscape and have developed their own traditions featuring strong rivalries, raucous tailgate parties, and great southern style food.
2. The Fans
The fans here are as diehard as they come having extensive knowledge of their team’s players, coaches, and history, heck they even know the playbook. Trojan supporters come out and show their pride and spirit before, during, and after the game. The students here set up their tailgate early and party hard as they prepare to cheer their Trojans to victory.
3. Little Brother Can Party Too
Troy students are expected to rage and get rowdy in force on game day as they blast music and party hard before cheering on their Trojans. One unique aspect of the pre-game parties at Troy is the Frats go all out to provide live country music concerts on their front lawns. These concerts are an absolute must see for anyone making the trip to see a Troy football game.
4. Tailgate Terrace
Tailgate Terrace is the official tailgate area at Troy University located outside the leftfield fence of the baseball stadium. Here you can rent a tent, which will provide you two tables, 10 chairs, and two trashcans. Perfect for the fan coming from far and wide to cheer on their Trojans.
5. The Trojan Walk
The Trojan Walk is the place to be for all you diehard Trojan fans out there as it allows you to get up close and personal with the players and coaches. During the walk, the Sound of the South Band leads the players, coaches, and cheerleaders through Tailgate Terrace to the South Gate of the stadium. The Trojan Walk begins 2 hours and 15 minutes before kickoff, so be sure to get there early if you want to get a good spot.
6. Small School Civil War
The unofficial Alabama civil war takes place each year when Troy takes on rival South Alabama. South Alabama is a relatively new program, but the Trojan and Jaguars have already established a great deal of animosity since their first encounter in 2012, which the Trojans won 31-10. The Trojans lead the all-time series 2-1 and look to extend that lead in the coming seasons.
7. Championship Tradition
The Trojans may be relatively new to the Sun Belt Conference having only joined in 2004, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t made their mark as they won the conference every year from 2006 to 2010. The program also has won three national championships prior to joining the FBS division in 2001. A championship pedigree like that means it is only a matter of time before Troy is making a name for themselves on college football’s largest stage.
8. Sound of the South Band
The Troy Sound of the South Band is an integral part of the Trojan game day experience. Two must catch band shows are the Band Show on University and the post-game band show. The Band Show on University is a pre-game show that takes place between the tailgate lots and precedes the Trojan Walk. The band also plays a post-game show, which is a great way to wrap up a day of Troy football before heading home.
9. Trojan Warrior/Princess
Prior to the game and after every score, the Trojan Warrior or Princess would race down the field on his or her trusty steed “Big Red.” Unfortunately, this tradition ended in 2012 when artificial turf was put in at Veterans Memorial Stadium. There have however been some rumblings that this tradition may be brought back in the near future.
10. NFL Talent
Despite being a small school, Troy has produced some big time talent over the years, most notably eight-time Pro Bowler DeMarcus Ware and two-time Super Bowl champion Osi Umenyiora. While at Troy Ware was a two-time all-conference selection and was even a finalist for the Ted Hendricks award, which recognizes the nation’s top defensive end. Umenyiora also drew national attention earning an honorable mention to the All-American team.