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