Longhorns Overview

Fast facts

League: NCAA Football

Head Coach: Steve Sarkisian

Team Mascot: Bevo

Year Opened: 1924

Capacity: 100119

City / State: Austin / Texas

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Red River Rivalry

Rival Team: Oklahoma Sooners

The Texas/OU Sooners rivalry is one of the biggest in all of college sports. The name comes from the river that forms part of the boundary between Texas and Oklahoma. Red River Shootout trophies are given out at the game, most notably the Golden Hat which is a gold ten-gallon hat that the athletic department of the winning school holds onto until the next showdown. Even the governor’s of Oklahoma and Texas get involved: the losing Governor has to present a side of beef to the winning governor who is then given to charity. This rivalry game makes for a great tailgating experience.

Hex Rally

Rival Team: Texas A&M Aggies

Every year before the Texas A&M game, UT fans gather for the Hex Rally. Dating back to 1941, the tradition started when a group of students went to a clairvoyant to figure out how to beat an undefeated Texas A&M, in which they were told to burn red candles en masse since they represented challenge and opposition. They did as they were told and ended up upsetting the Aggies to a 23-0 victory. Since then, the tradition has stuck and is now attended by players and coaches and is a great start to one of the largest weekends in Texas football.

Chancellor's Spurs

Rival Team: Texas Tech Red Raiders

The winner of the annual Texas - Texas Tech game receives the Chancellor’s Spurs. The rivalry between these schools dates back to 1928 when the Longhorns shut out the Tech 12-0. The Longhorns lead the all-time series 49-15 and have won the last six meetings, so come to Austin and watch them make it seven in a row.

Longhorns Tailgate Guide


There is arguably no better tailgating in the Big 12 than the tailgating at the University of Texas. Austin comes alive on Saturday’s, and the streets are filled with smokers, Shiner Bock, and thousands of fans celebrating one of Texas’ most beloved traditions. You’ll want to get here early and stay late as you’ll feel you’ve died and gone to tailgate heaven when in Austin during a Saturday in the fall.

Texas fans tailgate hard as you’ll notice the minute you arrive in Austin. Everywhere you go, you’ll see people decked out in burnt orange and white. The area around campus on game day is crazy as all you’ll be able to see burnt orange tents and grills for miles and miles. Make sure to put on your Longhorn bests to make friends quickly as there is a great deal of camaraderie between Texas fans.

The tailgate parties in Austin are some the largest and most extravagant you’ll find anywhere in the country. The fans go all out here to make sure they put on a great party for not only their friends and family but also for people who just join in. You’ll find a great selection of drinks here as well as some of the best barbecue you’ll ever have. Just make sure that if you plan to join in on a tailgate party that you either help set up or make a donation. You’ll have a blast tailgating at UT as Longhorns fans put on some of the best tailgates in the nation.


Stadium Stampede

Fans can greet the Longhorns before each home game at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium. Fans line up down 23rd Street to the north gate of the stadium in anticipation of the Longhorns’ arrival. As the players and coaches unload off the buses, fans decked out in burnt orange and white cheer them on and amped them up before kickoff. Join the stampede for a chance to get up close with Longhorns players and coaches.

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Torchlight Parade and Rally

Every year before the Longhorns Thanksgiving game fans march to the Main Mall in front of the Tower carrying torchlights. The tradition dates back to 1897 and is believed to give the Longhorns good luck, so if you're in town during this time of year make sure to take place in this outstanding tradition.

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The Drag

A nickname given to a portion of Guadalupe Street that runs along the western edge of the UT campus. This is the perfect spot to go before game day to get your UT gear for kickoff. Stop by The Drag if you’re looking to score some Longhorns gear or grab a quick bite to eat.

UT Tower

A very iconic part of the UT campus is the UT Tower. The tower was opened in 1937 and is still one of the defining pieces of architecture on the UT campus. The tip is lit with a burnt orange light after each regular season win and entirely drenched in orange light when Texas beats A&M or wins the conference title. Make sure to snap a picture of the UT Tower to get the full Texas game day experience.

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Where to tailgate

Longhorns Stadium Guide

In Game

Everything’s Bigger in Texas and Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium is no exception. The stadium is absolutely massive with an official seating capacity of 100,119. Memorial Stadium is the ninth largest stadium in the United States and the thirteenth largest stadium in the world. All you’ll see when you enter the stadium is burnt orange everywhere, and the enormous scoreboard is known as Godzillatron. It can be overwhelming coming into Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium particularly as a visiting fan, however, that is a big part of what makes a trip to Austin such a special experience. ‘

The pageantry and traditions are out on full display at a Texas game as there is a lot to experience here. One of the biggest traditions is the Longhorns’ mascot Bevo who can be seen throughout the game. He is one of the most well-known live animal mascots and is a treat to see for fans young and old. The band at UT is also great as their Script Texas routine is one of the most famous in all of football. There are lots of unique traditions at Texas, so be sure to join in all of them to get the most out of your game day experience.

Football is king in Texas, so the action on the field won’t be outdone by the pageantry and tradition. The Longhorns are usually one of the best teams in the Big 12 and the fans in Austin respond accordingly as they are some of the most passionate and knowledgeable fans out there. Join in on the chants and cheers and you’ll make friends quickly with those around you as everyone bonds together over their love of the Longhorns.

Lastly, it doesn’t matter where you end up sitting at Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium since there isn’t a bad seat in the house. While the 50-yard line offers the best overall view, you’ll find you get a great value if you buy tickets in the upper deck of the north end zone or southwest corner. No matter where you sit, you’ll have an excellent time experiencing one of the greatest atmospheres in sports while at a Texas Longhorns football game.

Things to check out


Bevo is a burnt orange colored Texas longhorn steer and has been the official mascot of Texas University since 1916. Bevo is one of the most famous mascots in all of sports and can be seen at every Texas home game as well as away games. Keep your eyes peeled for Bevo as he is quite the sight to behold.

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The Godzillatron is 81 feet by 136 feet and was the largest high definition scoreboard in the world when it was built. It’s absolutely huge, so there is no way you’ll miss it when attending a Longhorns game.

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World’s Largest Texas Flag

UT’s Alpha Phi Omega chapter has been running the massive 75 feet by 125 feet flag at UT football games since the Thanksgiving game against A&M in 1962. It is showcased at the beginning of each home game and covers most of the field at DKR stadium. Check out this flag to get in the Texas game day spirit.

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Big Bertha

According to the University of Texas Big Bertha is the largest drum in the world. The drum gets its name from the Big Bertha Howitzer and stands over 10 feet tall. Look out for the drum at halftime and listen for it after every Longhorns score.

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Hook Em Horns

The famous hand signal of all Texas Longhorn fans is almost always coupled with the saying “Hook em!” or “Hook em Horns!” The signal is made by extending your index and pinky fingers while your middle and ring finger are held down by your thumb.

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Smokey the Cannon

In the south end zone of the stadium, Smokey the Cannon can be heard after each Texas score and after Texas victories. The cannon fires blank shotgun shells and is operated by a men’s service campus organization entitled Texas Cowboys.

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Longhorn Band

Nicknamed the Showband of the Southwest, the UT marching band is one of the most recognizable in college football and they do an amazing job of keeping the energy and spirit level high in DKR Stadium. Script Texas is one of their signature performances, so stay in your seat at halftime to witness this wonderful display.’

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Fight Songs

  1. “Texas..Fight!”

    No matter the situation or the time of the game, if you yell Texas, someone will surely respond with a “Fight!”. It’s one of the more popular chants that can be heard throughout Longhorn games, so don’t be afraid to join in when you hear it.

    Texas! Fight!
    Texas! Fight!
    Texas! Fight!
    Texas! Fight!
    Texas! Fight!
    Texas! Fight!

  2. Fight Texas (fight song)

    The official fight song of UT

    Texas Fight, Texas Fight, And it’s goodbye to A&M.
    Texas Fight, Texas Fight, And we’ll put over one more win.
    Texas Fight, Texas Fight,
    For it’s Texas that we love best.
    Hail, Hail, The gang’s all here, And it’s good-bye to all the rest!

    Yea Orange! Yea White!
    Yea Longhorns! Fight! Fight! Fight!
    Texas Fight! Texas Fight,
    Yea Texas Fight! Texas Fight! Texas Fight,
    Yea Texas Fight!

    The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
    All the livelong day.
    The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
    You cannot get away.
    Texas Fight, Texas Fight,
    For it’s Texas that we love best.
    Hail, Hail, The gang’s all here, And it good-bye to all the rest!

  3. The Eyes of Texas

    The song sung at each game was originally created as a poem. It is now a staple of Longhorn football and is sung to the tune of “I’ve been working on the railroad”. Nothing like singing with 100,000 people to unify and celebrate a great tradition of Texas football.

    The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
    All the live long day.
    The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
    You can not get away.
    Do not think you can escape them
    At night or early in the morn
    The Eyes of Texas are upon you
    ‘Till Gabriel blows his horn.

Longhorns Bars & Restaurants

  1. Mariana’s Kitchen

    Marianas Kitchen Salad

    A local favorite when it comes to Mexican dishes.

    5510 S IH 35 Frontage Rd #410, Austin, TX 78745, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $

  2. Torchy’s Tacos

    Torchys Tacos Tacos

    Local chain serving Mexican-street-food-style tacos in inventive varieties, including for breakfast.

    1822 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $

  3. Magnolia Cafe

    Magnolia Cafe Pasta

    Comfy all-hours local eatery for breakfast, Tex-Mex & vegetarian options.

    1920 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - $

  4. Curra’s Grill

    Curra's Grill Ceviche

    Local go-to adorned with colorful art, supplying standard Mexican eats & popular avocado margaritas.

    614 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $

  5. Trudy’s Texas Star Restaurant and Bar


    Local Tex-Mex favorite serving standards & margaritas, with popular happy hour & weekend brunch.

    409 W 30th St, Austin, TX 78705, USA


    Bar website

    american - mexican - $$

  6. The Aquarium


    Beer pong & drink specials draw boisterous crowds to this bi-level bar & its fish-tank decor.

    403 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  7. Donn’s Depot


    Piano bar with live music, 2 dance floors & a diverse crowd, set in old rail cars & a former depot.

    1600 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78703, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  8. Crown and Anchor Pub

    Crown and Anchor burger

    Proudly serving award winning beer and food in Austin, TX for over 25 years!

    2911 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78705, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  9. The Dogwood

    Dogwood bar

    The Dogwood is a "homegrown" concept with a small touch of southern hospitality.

    715 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  10. Cain & Abel’s


    Enjoy a plethora of beer on tap and a full bar while hanging out with friends at the hottest restaurant patio in West Campus. Cain and Abel’s serves American food with a Texas Drawl!

    2313 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  11. Cheer’s Shot Bar

    Cheers shot bar beer

    Bartenders prepare inventive shots in this lively hangout with an upstair patio & a party vibe.

    416 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  12. Hole In The Wall

    Hole In the Wall

    The Hole in the Wall is one of Austin’s most legendary venues for all the right reasons.

    2538 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  13. Posse East

    Cotton Eyed Joe

    Spirited sports bar with open-mike nights, a hearty pub-grub menu & flat-screens galore.

    2900 Duval St, Austin, TX 78705, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  14. Cactus Café


    The Cactus Cafe is Austin's premier listening room est. in 1979 offering the finest of local, national and international music nightly!

    2247 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78712, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  15. Pinthouse Pizza

    Pinthouse Pizza

    British-pub-inspired spot with elaborate pizzas, plus a house brewery specializing in hoppy beers

    4729 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756, USA


    Bar website

    european - pizza - $

  16. Hopdoddy Burger Bar

    Hopdoddy Burger Bar

    Welcome to Hopdoddy, where we have a passion to bring you burgers made with fresh, all-natural ingredients prepared by hand.

    1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  17. Franklin Barbecue

    Franklin Barbecue

    Long lines form early for brisket, pulled pork & other smoked meats at this lunch-only spot.

    900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA


    Bar website

    bbq - $$

  18. Kerbey Lane Cafe

    Kerbey Lane Cafe

    They’ve always sought to serve good, homemade quality food that is local, healthy and affordable while providing a welcoming and memorable experience to all who come through our doors.

    2606 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - $

  19. Madam Mam’s Noodles

    Madam Mams

    Thai restaurant group and the destination for THAI FOOD aficionados craving the freshest, finest, and most authentic Thai cuisine.

    510 W 26th St, Austin, TX 78705, USA


    Bar website

    asian - $

  20. Sushi Niichi

    Sushi Niichi

    Traditional sushi bar & restaurant near campus featuring popular happy-hour specials.

    705 W 24th St, Austin, TX 78705, USA


    Bar website

    asian - $$

  21. Pluckers Wing Bar


    Sports bar & grill offering wings, burgers & more, plus trivia & bingo nights.

    2222 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  22. Torchy’s Tacos

    Torchys Tacos

    Buzzy chain serving Mexican street-food-style tacos in inventive varieties, including for breakfast.

    2801 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $