In Game

Welcome to El Paso where UTEP is the only game in town making UTEP a source of local pride among both fans and students. The Miners mean everything to the town of El Paso and it shows as the fans are among some of the most diehard you’ll find anywhere. The fans come out in droves to the Valley of the Sun with their faces painted and dressed head to toe in UTEP orange.

The fans make the in-game atmosphere an exciting experience by frequently belting out UTEP, screaming “Keep digging Miners,” and “chip away” when the Miners are down.  To keep yourself full of energy you’re going to need to eat a little something during the game and UTEP has you covered at the concessions stands with the favorites (hot dogs, burgers, chicken, etc.). The best concessions are found in the mini county fair style food court in the north end of the stadium. In this section, you can get your hands on Pizza, Turkey Legs, Tex Mex Nachos, and burritos to keep you going throughout the game.  

The location of Sun Bowl Stadium also enhances the incredible atmosphere provided by the fans. The comfortable weather all season and beautiful scenery make attending a game at UTEP a treat all season long. The stadium is placed right between two mountains providing you with a fantastic sunset view, and if you look to the southwest from the top, you can even see Juarez Mexico.

The UTEP fans’ strong support for their team and the beautiful location of Sun Bowl Stadium go a long way in creating one of the best atmospheres in Conference USA, so make a trip to El Paso to see the Miners play as soon as possible.

Things to check out

The Mineshaft

Watch the Miners take the field in style as they climb down the steps onto field accompanied by pyrotechnics. The Miners entrance is one of the flashiest in Conference USA and will give you goosebumps.

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Paydirt Pete

UTEP’s prospector mascot Paydirt Pete can be found on the sidelines at every Miners home football game. He can be seen riling up the crowd and performing a variety of different antics throughout the game, so keep your eyes open for him especially during stoppages in play.

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Sound of the Southwest Marching Miner Regiment

The UTEP band performs a wide variety of songs that get the fans up on their feet during the game. Their performances at halftime and before the game are awe-inspiring with their formation of a pick axe being among their most famous. Stay in your seat at halftime as you wouldn’t want to miss the band’s incredible performance.

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Fight Songs

  1. El Paso

    One of the best traditions at UTEP is the singing of the 1959 Grammy winner “El Paso” by Marty Robbins. The song has been sped up and made more upbeat becoming a tradition as well as a fan favorite. The song gives the crowd unmatched energy and will give even the out of town fan goosebumps when it is sung, so keep your ears peeled for this UTEP tradition.

    Out in the West Texas town of El Paso
    I fell in love with a Mexican girl
    Nighttime would find me in Rosa’s cantina
    Music would play and Felina would whirl

    Blacker than night were the eyes of Felina
    Wicked and evil while casting a spell
    My love was deep for this Mexican maiden
    I was in love but in vain, I could tell

    One night a wild young cowboy came in
    Wild as the West Texas wind
    Dashing and daring, a drink he was sharing
    With wicked Felina, the girl that I loved

    So in anger I
    Challenged his right for the love of this maiden
    Down went his hand for the gun that he wore
    My challenge was answered in less than a heartbeat
    The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor

    Just for a moment I stood there in silence
    Shocked by the foul evil deed I had done
    Many thoughts raced through my mind as I stood there
    I had but one chance and that was to run

    Out through the back door of Rosa’s I ran
    Out where the horses were tied
    I caught a good one, it looked like it could run
    Up on its back and away I did ride

    Just as fast as I
    Could from the West Texas town of El Paso
    Out to the badlands of New Mexico

    Back in El Paso my life would be worthless
    Everything’s gone in life; nothing is left
    It’s been so long since I’ve seen the young maiden
    My love is stronger than my fear of death

    I saddled up and away I did go
    Riding alone in the dark
    Maybe tomorrow, a bullet may find me
    Tonight nothing’s worse than this pain in my heart

    And at last here I
    Am on the hill overlooking El Paso
    I can see Rosa’s cantina below
    My love is strong and it pushes me onward
    Down off the hill to Felina I go

    Off to my right I see five mounted cowboys
    Off to my left ride a dozen or more
    Shouting and shooting, I can’t let them catch me
    I have to make it to Rosa’s back door

    Something is dreadfully wrong for I feel
    A deep burning pain in my side
    Though I am trying to stay in the saddle
    I’m getting weary, unable to ride

    But my love for
    Felina is strong and I rise where I’ve fallen
    Though I am weary I can’t stop to rest
    I see the white puff of smoke from the rifle
    I feel the bullet go deep in my chest

    From out of nowhere Felina has found me
    Kissing my cheek as she kneels by my side
    Cradled by two loving arms that I’ll die for
    One little kiss and Felina, goodbye

  2. Miners Fight

    Miners fight! Miners fight!
    And it’s goodbye to (opponent)
    Miners Fight! Miners fight!
    For we’ll put over one more win
    Miners fight!
    For it’s Miners that we love best
    Hail! Hail! The gang’s all here
    And it’s goodbye to all the rest!

  3. Miner Victory

    UP! Men of Mines, and hit the trail
    The Texas spirit shall not fail
    Miners Fight (FIGHT!), for the Right
    For the ORANGE and the WHITE!
    TAMP TAMP TAMP TAMP, Men of Mines
    TAMP TAMP TAMP TAMP, Men of Mines  Clear the way
    For it’s today
    We must gain the VICTORY!

  4. UTEP Fight Song

    Out in the west Texas town of El Paso
    Home of the River they call Rio Grande Down on the border, the town of El Paso Home of the Miners the best in the land.  Fighting to win, the Miners of UTEP
    Long live the College of Mines
    Loyal Forever we’re standing together
    Onward to victory, Orange and Blue!
    WE WILL BE TRUE!  Out in the west Texas town of El Paso
    Home of the River they call Rio Grande Down on the border, the town of El Paso Home of the Miners the best in the land. (YELL)

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