The Association of Former Students and local A&M Clubs partner to host away-game Midnight Yell Practices and gameday All-Aggie Tailgates. Details are updated here as they become available.
Your fightin' Texas Aggies are going bowling again. The Aggies are headed to the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., to face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Friday, Dec. 29, at The Bank of America Stadium.
Aggies of all ages will gather Thursday night, Dec. 28, in Charlotte for Midnight Yell Practice. As with all away games during the regular season, The Association of Former Students works with local A&M Clubs to secure locations and get any necessary permits for these events. For the Belk Bowl, The Association has partnered with the Charlotte Area A&M Club.
Partner: Charlotte Area A&M Club
Thursday Night Aggie HQ: Whisky River at the Epicentre, 210 E. Trade St. A-208, Charlotte, NC 28202 (Facebook page; map).
Midnight Yell Practice: Whisky River at the Epicentre, 210 E. Trade St. A-208, Charlotte, NC 28202 (Facebook page; map). A Facebook event where you can invite friends is here.
Game Day Aggie HQ: The Aggie headquarters on game day will be the Flight Beer Garden and Music Hall, 314 N College St, Charlotte, NC 28202 (website; map). They will be opening their doors at 9 a.m. to welcome Aggies, serving a Kegs and Eggs breakfast buffet, and will remain open so that fans without tickets can watch the game.
Game Time: 1 p.m. in Charlotte, noon in Aggieland.
Tickets: Lower Level and Club Level tickets are available in the Texas A&M team block, with prices starting at $92. Please visit 12thMan.com/BowlTickets to see the map of the Aggie seat block and to purchase your tickets.
Many other activities are planned around the Belk Bowl, including a "battle of the bands" that starts at 8 p.m. Thursday at the EpiCentre atrium (EpiCentre website). A 50-member segment of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band will take part in that event as well as in Friday morning's "FanFest" starting at 10 a.m. outside the stadium (Belk Bowl fan events). About 85 percent of the full Aggie Band is making the trip (320 cadets out of nearly 400) and will play during the pregame and march at halftime.
The Association of Former Students helps provide travel funds for the Aggie Band and reserves and pays for the yell leaders' lodging at away games.
This is the ninth consecutive year the Aggies have earned a postseason bowl trip. They won four of the last six, beating Northwestern in the 2011 Texas Bowl, Oklahoma in the 2012 Cotton Bowl, Duke in the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl and West Virginia in the 2014 Liberty Bowl. The 2017 Belk Bowl will be A&M's 39th bowl game. It is the first time the Aggies have played in the Belk Bowl and the second time for Wake Forest. The game also marks the first time the two teams have played each other in football.
Texas A&M and Wake Forest both finished the regular season 7-5. Interim head coach Jeff Banks will lead the Aggies.
A&M vs. LSU
Partner: Baton Rouge A&M Club
Midnight Yell: More than 500 attended yell practice on Nov. 24 in Baton Rouge at Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar.
All-Aggie Tailgate: Some 1,200 attended the Nov. 25 tailgate on LSU's campus between the baseball stadium and the Mississippi River.
Partner: Mid-South A&M Club
Midnight Yell: More than 500 attended yell practice Nov. 17 at Handy Park in Memphis.
All-Aggie Tailgate: More than 900 attended the Nov. 18 tailgate north of the Ole Miss baseball stadium in Oxford, Miss.
Partner: North Central Florida A&M Club
Midnight Yell Practice: Some 1,000 attended Midnight Yell on Oct. 13 at Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville.
All-Aggie Tailgate: Around 3,500 attended the Oct. 14 tailgate held at Hume Field on the University of Florida campus.
A&M vs. Arkansas
Partners: Fort Worth/Tarrant County A&M Club, Northeast Tarrant County A&M Club and Dallas A&M Club
Midnight Yell Practice: Some 3,000 attended Midnight Yell on Sept. 22 in the Fort Worth Stockyards, at the Armour-Swift steps at the end of East Exchange Avenue.
All-Aggie Tailgate: Around 1,000 attended the Sept. 23 tailgate, which started at 7:30 a.m. in the Cowboys' stadium Blue Lot 15 and featured breakfast tacos!
Partner: Southern California A&M Club
Midnight Yell Practice: Some 1,500 attended Midnight Yell on Big Bang Theory Way in the Old Town Pasadena district, Pasadena, Calif.
All-Aggie Tailgate: Around 3,000 attended the Sept. 3 tailgate, held at a school campus on a hillside overlooking the Rose Bowl.
On home football game weekends, join The Association of Former Students for the All-Aggie Tailgate at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center.