Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Loyal Blue Weekends: A New Gameday Tradition

Written by Tori Ward, Marketing/PR Assistant

There are few things we like more than Louisiana Tech Football season here in Ruston. It’s a special and fun time when students, alumni, and locals all come together to socialize, eat great food and, most importantly, cheer on the Bulldogs. Different players and coaches have come and gone, but one thing always remains the same: Louisiana Tech fans’ loyalty. 

For the 2016 football season, Tech fans are embracing a new and exciting LA Tech football tradition: Loyal Blue Weekends. The City of Ruston has partnered with the Ruston Lincoln CVB and the Louisiana Tech Alumni Association to bring fans a whole new home-game experience that you absolutely won’t want to miss. 

Loyal Blue Weekends take place every home-game weekend and feature family activities, spirit groups, live music, and more football fun. 

LA Tech Cheerleaders and some Bulldog fans participate in cheers
Photo credit: Buie Photography

Loyal Blue Weekends kick off on Friday night in Downtown Ruston, where all football fans are invited to come Rock the Railroad. Starting at 5:30pm in Railroad Park, there will be kids’ activities, including inflatables and face painting. At 6pm Champ and the LA Tech spirit groups will get the crowd pumped up with some fun and interactive performances. Families will definitely want to take full advantage of these fun activities!

After you get your dose of school spirit from Champ and the crew, stick around for some great live music from 6:30-8:30pm. There will be a different band playing every Loyal Blue Weekend, so you definitely won’t want to miss any of the Rock the Railroad events! This is also a great time to visit local shops and grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants in Downtown Ruston.

Grab some cotton candy from the Social Bites cotton candy cart while you're downtown
Photo credit: Buie Photography

But the fun doesn’t stop there! Everyone is invited to come watch a movie in the Quad on LA Tech’s campus after the band wraps up at 8:30pm. Oh, and if we haven’t mentioned it already, all of these activities and events are totally free!

The festivities continue on Saturday, as fans are encouraged to shop and eat in downtown before the game. Avoid game day traffic and stadium parking by leaving your vehicle downtown and catching the Tech Trolley at Railroad Park, which transports fans to the stadium free of charge. The trolley will run continuously 2 hours prior to kickoff, giving fans plenty of time to tailgate, and 1 hour after the game. Still need tickets? Purchase them here.

Join us in Downtown Ruston for Loyal Blue Weekend!
Photo Credit: Buie Photography

As you can see, game-day weekends are being taken to a whole new level here in Ruston, La., and we hope you’ll join us for all the fun! There’s definitely no better way to gear up for LA Tech football games than by coming together to enjoy family activities, live music, and some serious school spirit. We’ll see y’all in Railroad Park, Go Dogs!

Rock the Railroad Dates: Sept. 9, 30, Oct. 28, Nov. 11
LA Tech Football Home Games: Sept. 10, Oct. 1, 6, 29, Nov. 12*

*Homecoming Game

Tori is a proud Louisiana native and social media nerd. She has a passion for travel, food, and all things related to tourism promotions. Tori is an avid movie watcher, coffee fanatic, and lover of the outdoors. Still want to know more? Head over to her website

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