1. 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.
2. 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.
3. The Hill
Each gameday the students, including the fraternities and sororities, meet on “The Hill” even in the pouring rain, pop off their shirts, break out the coolers and boom boxes, and throw one of the wildest parties the south has ever seen. It looks like a music video, people everywhere, music so loud you can’t hear, and red solo cups as far as the eye can see. If you need something to wet your whistle you can find it here, whatever your taste may be.
4. Topper Walk
Come on out and cheer on the entire WKU football team as they enter the stadium two hours and a half hours before kickoff. The Topper Walk starts on Avenue of Champions where the team buses will drop off the players and coaches so they can walk into the stadium alongside the WKU cheerleaders, Topperettes, the marching band, and Big Red.
5. 100 Miles of Hate
The rivalry between the Hilltoppers and the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders dates back to 1914 making it the oldest rivalry in Hilltoppers history. The Blue Raiders won the first meeting 47-0, but the series has been much closer since then with the Blue Raiders holding a slim 33-29-1 lead. Only 100 miles separate these two universities meaning you’ll see plenty of fans from both schools making the trip to see these two bitter rivals duke it out.
6. Red Towel Sculpture
Before heading onto the field, all the players touch the Red Towel sculpture located in front of Diddle Arena. The sculpture is a full-scale replica of Coach Diddle’s towel and is a must see for all Western Kentucky fans.
7. Topper Town
If you’re bringing the entire family to the tailgate, then there is no better place to be before the game than Topper Town. Here you’ll find a bunch of fun activities that the entire family can take part in including inflatables and face painting. The fun starts three hours before the game kicks off and is free to enter, so make sure to stop by Topper Town located at the center of the campus on the lawn of Bates Runner Hall off of the Avenue of Champions.
8. Big Red Statue
When at Western Kentucky make sure and snap a picture with the Big Red statue. If you can’t get a picture with the real deal then this is the next best option, so stop by and show off your Hilltoppers pride by grabbing a pic with this statue of the iconic mascot.
9. Battle of the Bluegrass
Eastern Kentucky is the Hilltoppers most played opponent having met each other 85 times on the gridiron since 1914. The Colonels won the first meeting 34-6. However, Western Kentucky has gotten their revenge having won the majority of the meetings between these two rivals with a 46-35-3 lead in the all-time series. Since moving to the FBS Western Kentucky’s meetings with Eastern Kentucky have been sporadic, so make sure to attend the game when the Colonels are in town as you’ll never know when you’ll be able to see this matchup next.
10. Big Red Marching Band
The band at Western Kentucky puts on a great show and keeps everyone pumped up to cheer on the Hilltoppers all throughout the game. Stay in your seats at halftime, as you wouldn’t want to miss the excellent performance of this incredible marching band.