1. Red Towel
The red towel has been synonymous with Western Kentucky since it was introduced by E.A. Dibble. At any Western Kentucky game you attend you’ll see fans all around stadium swinging red towels in support of the Hilltoppers, so next time you attend a Western Kentucky game make sure to bring your red towel to cheer on the team.
2. E.A. Diddle Statue
Before entering E.A. Diddle Arena, make sure to stop by the E.A. Diddle statue and get a picture with the arena’s namesake. The legendary coach compiled a .715 winning percentage with the Hilltoppers and won over 700 games, so stop by and pay tribute to the incredible coach during your trip to Bowling Green.
3. Concourse Displays
Take some time before the game to stroll the concourse and see all of the Hilltoppers basketball memorabilia covering the walls. There is a lot to see here, so arrive early and take it all in.
4. Western Kentucky-Middle Tennessee State Rivalry
The Hilltoppers have a longstanding rivalry with Middle Tennessee State that dates back to both programs’ time in the Sun Belt. The Hilltoppers and Blue Raiders have been battling it out on the court for years, so don’t miss it when Middle Tennessee State comes to town.
5. Big Red
WKU has one of the most unique mascots in all of sports, the big man on campus, Big Red. Big Red has a unique look and has been featured in numerous national mascot based commercials and competitions. This exposure has gone a long way in making Big Red one of the most recognizable in all of college sports. While he may not be the most intimidating mascot you’ll ever lay eyes upon; he is without a shadow of a doubt one of the most entertaining.
While walking the concourse make sure to check out the Western Kentucky Athletics mural. The mural shows off all of WKU’s varsity sports and is a must-see for college sports fans.
7. Western Kentucky-Eastern Kentucky Rivalry
The rivalry Western Kentucky-Eastern Kentucky spans a variety of sports, and the two teams have been matching up regularly for years. There are lots of bragging rights on the line when the Colonels come to town, so make sure to get your tickets to the Western Kentucky-Eastern Kentucky game.
Hanging from the rafters of E.A. Diddle Arena are banners celebrating the best players in Hilltoppers history. The banners honor legends ranging from Clem Haskins to Courtney Lee, so take them all in during your visit.
9. Western Kentucky Pep Band
The WKU pep band livens up the atmosphere with their tunes and are a great part of any Hilltoppers basketball game. The band will keep everyone’s spirits high throughout the game, so enjoy the ambiance provided by the pep band.
10. Western Kentucky-Marshall Rivalry
The budding rivalry between the Hilltoppers and Thundering Herd could become a great one if things continue to heat up between these two Conference USA teams. The matchups between the two have been quite competitive between the two since the Hilltoppers joined Conference USA in 2013, so be in attendance when Western Kentucky takes on Marshall.