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Friday's Aggie Ring Day Moving Inside Hall Of Champions At Kyle Field Due To Severe Weather Threat

Scot Walker '90 April 10, 2018 6:14 PM updated: April 16, 2018 3:04 PM

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Friday's Aggie Ring Day is relocating to inside the Hall of Champions at Kyle Field due to predictions of severe weather. Saturday's Aggie Ring Day is not affected and will proceed as planned at the Williams Alumni Center.

> If you are attending Ring Day on Saturday at the Alumni Center as a Ring recipient or a guest, please go to tx.ag/RingDayFAQ

> If you are attending Ring Day on Friday at Kyle Field as a Ring recipient or a guest, please continue reading.

Key Points Regarding Friday's Ring Day Inside the Hall of Champions at Kyle Field

  • No change to Friday's delivery times; only the location has changed.
  • Kyle Field's clear bag policy will NOT be in effect, and umbrellas will be allowed.
  • Please see the map at the top of this page or click here.
  • The gates to the Northwest and Southwest Towers will open at 9 a.m.
  • Last names starting with A to K will enter through the Southwest Tower (the corner of the stadium closest to Blue Bell Park).
  • Last names starting with L to Z will enter through the Northwest Tower (the corner of the stadium closest to the West Campus Garage).
  • Ring distribution will begin as originally scheduled, with Group #1 being called from the Northwest and Southwest Towers into the concourses at 9:45 a.m., and then from the concourses into the Hall of Champions for Ring distribution at 10 a.m. Distribution will then continue in order by group number.
  • Your Ring group ticket (click to see an example) and two forms of identification will still be required.
  • The free Aggie Ring Shuttle from the West Campus Garage will be operating, stopping on the west side of Kyle Field (the side closest to Wellborn Road) instead of at the Alumni Center.
  • No one will be permitted to wait within the Hall of Champions for an Aggie to pick up their Ring. Your guests can enter when you do.
  • With tens of thousands of guests expected, you will not be able to linger inside the Hall to celebrate or take photos; we have to clear the building to make room for the next group of Aggies and their guests.
  • As of this writing, Aggie Athletics planned to allow recipients to pose for Ring Day photos on Kyle Field from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, those photos opportunities could be canceled depending on the weather. Watch https://twitter.com/12thManFndtn for updates.

Please read on for answers to Frequently Asked Questions, or use these links to jump down to specific sections on this page:

Above: The Hall of Champions inside Kyle Field. The tables won't be present on Ring Day, opening up the 30,000-square-foot space for more occupants.

Why is Friday's Ring Day moving?

On many occasions through the years, we have continued with Aggie Ring Day activities at the Williams Alumni Center despite heavy rains or other inclement weather. However, predictions for this Friday include the probability of thunderstorms and lightning, and the possibility of high winds, hail and other severe conditions.

After consultations with the Texas A&M Emergency Management Team and based on the best available information from the National Weather Service and the chief meteorologist at KBTX, it became clear the responsible course of action was to move Aggie Ring Day to a larger indoor location that offers more shelter and greater safety and comfort for Aggie Ring recipients, their families and friends, and the hundreds of staff and volunteers who make Ring Day possible.

Predicting the weather always includes a large element of uncertainty, and Friday could end up being a beautiful day. But moving Ring Day is an enormously complex logistical operation and that plan is already fully in motion, so this decision will not be reversed even if the forecast changes. Friday's Aggie Ring delivery will take place inside the Hall of Champions at Kyle Field. 

We congratulate you on your accomplishment, and we thank you for your understanding!

Shuttles and parking

Complimentary shuttles are provided to and from Kyle Field and  the West Campus Garage. Park at the West Campus Garage and take the shuttle. Full details can be found on the Texas A&M Transportation Services site. Proper permit required for parking in Lot 62.

Shuttles begin running at 9 a.m. and will stop running at 8:45 p.m.

If you have a valid parking permit, you may park at your regular parking lot or in any Lot 100 (Reed Arena and Blue Bell Park) space. For additional parking information, please visit Texas A&M Transportation Services

Disability drop-offs will be allowed in lot 62 ONLY with the proper disabled plate or placard and while space is available. Vehicles will have to exit Lot 62 afterward.

Check out Texas A&M's interactive Family Weekend map by clicking the map image above.

What's Ring Day like?

Aggie Ring Day is a celebration of remarkable achievement. However, it is also a large, loud, crowded, and logistically intricate event. At the April 2018 Aggie Ring Day, about 6,600 Aggies will receive their Aggie Rings, and they will bring about 40,000 guests to witness their special day. In order to safely manage such a massive crowd, the entire day is carefully scheduled, and all movement into, out of and around the Hall of Champions is carefully controlled. Please read this page so that you know what to expect.

While you are at Aggie Ring Day, please be aware of your surroundings, listen for announcements and be prepared for the possibility of last-minute changes due to weather or other events beyond our control.

What should I bring?

  • Bring TWO forms of identification

> What forms of identification are accepted?

Texas A&M student ID, Driver's License, Passport, and Ring Receipt. An example Ring Receipt is shown. Click the image to see a larger version.

  • Bring Your Ring Group Ticket. You will need just one Ring Ticket for you and your family and friends. You can either print your Ring Ticket or have it ready to go on your mobile device to show the ticket takers.

> What is a Ring Ticket?

Your Ring Ticket reserves your spot in the assigned group and gives you and your guests entrance into the Kyle Field concourses and the Hall of Champions when your group number is called. An example ticket is shown. Click the image to see a larger version.

Only the student picking up an Aggie Ring needs a Ring Ticket.

Entry before your ticketed group time is not permitted.

If you miss your ticketed group time, you will need to wait until the next "All Call." An "All Call" happens about once every hour.

> How do I get a Ring group ticket?

Aggie Ring Day Tickets are available on AggieNetwork.com. Go to tx.ag/RingTicket if you have not yet pulled a ticket. Group numbers have a limited quantity and tickets go quickly, so not all groups are still available. 

Who can I bring?

There is no limit to how many guests you can bring. But remember, you and your guests will not be permitted into the Hall of Champions until your ticket group number is called.

Please do not bring your pets.

Please consider how weather conditions, walking distances, total lack of seating, and large crowds in and around Kyle Field will affect the health, safety, and comfort of your guests. The minimum walking distance required of you and your guests is half a mile, possibly much more depending on where you park. And it might be raining, or it might be hot, or it might even be both.

What if I can't make it to Aggie Ring Day?

If you are unable to pick up your Aggie Ring on Friday, you may come to the Alumni Center to pick it up at the Aggie Ring Office during normal business hours the following week. You may also email us at AggieRing@AggieNetwork.com to request that we ship it to you.

You may not pick up your Aggie Ring before Aggie Ring Day.

Before you head to Aggie Ring Day

  • Collect two forms of identification. There are four acceptable IDs: your passport, your driver's license, your Texas A&M student ID and your Ring receipt. (Click here to see an example of a Ring receipt.)
  • If the forecast continues to call for rain, consider bringing an umbrella. It is unavoidable that you will spend some time outside without cover.
  • Make a reasonable footwear selection. The ground outside Kyle is brick, and the floor inside the Hall is tile, and both will be very slippery if wet.

When you arrive at Kyle Field

The last name of the person receiving the Ring determines where you should enter Kyle Field:

  • Last names starting with the letters A through K must enter through the Southwest Tower (the corner of the stadium closest to Blue Bell Park).
  • Last names starting with the letters L through Z must enter through the Northwest Tower (pictured at right; it is the corner of the stadium closest to West Campus Garage). 
  • Family and friends who are there to witness your Ring delivery will enter along with you.

When your group is called

  1. When your group number is called, you will be allowed to move from the Tower into the concourse under the stadium (pictured). Have your Ring Ticket ready for our staff to verify as you move from the Tower into the concourses. If using your mobile device, pull your ticket up prior to arriving and take a screenshot, as cell service might be spotty on Aggie Ring Day.
  2. You and your guests can move into the concourse after your ticket is checked. Make sure your entire group is together for entrance.
  3. Your group will assemble in the concourse while we will clear the prior group out of the Hall of Champions. About 15 minutes after you enter the concourse, we will call your group into the Hall of Champions.

What If I Missed My Assigned Group?

If you miss your ticketed group time, you must wait until the next "All Call." An "All Call" will take place once per hour.

Inside the Hall of Champions

  1. Find the Delivery Station that includes your last name and get in line.
  2. Present your IDs to receive your Aggie Ring.
  3. Check to make sure the Class year and engraving are correct.

Will someone present my Aggie Ring to me?

Our Aggie Ring Day volunteers are happy to present your Aggie Ring to you. However, if you would like one of your guests to present your Aggie Ring to you, please inform the volunteer at your station.

After you receive your Aggie Ring

If you wish to take a photo inside the Hall, please limit it to one or two photos, do it as quickly as possible, and then exit the delivery area. Fellow Aggies are waiting outside and cannot enter to receive their Rings until your group has cleared out, so please be respectful of them and limit your time taking photos in the Hall. 

Of course, you can take as many photos as you like outside Kyle Field and throughout the beautiful Texas A&M campus. If weather permits, you may also visit the Haynes Ring Replica outside the Williams Alumni Center to take a photo, a location that is typically not available for photography on Aggie Ring Day. You can also take the iconic photos of you with your new Aggie Ring in front of one of the Alumni Center's outer travertine walls.

We will have Snapchat filters in place at both Kyle Field and the Alumni Center.

As of this writing, Aggie Athletics planned to allow Ring recipients to pose for Ring Day photos on Kyle Field from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, those photos opportunities could be canceled depending on the weather. Watch https://twitter.com/12thManFndtn for updates.  

Not a Perfect Fit?

Different activities and temperatures throughout the day can cause your hands and fingers to constantly change. Wearing your Ring for several days will help you best determine if a resize is necessary.

If you need to resize your Aggie Ring, stop by the Aggie Ring Office the week after Ring Day.

More Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there a disability drop-off location?

Disability drop-offs will be allowed in Lot 62 ONLY with the proper disabled license plate or placard and while space is available. Vehicles will have to exit Lot 62 afterward.

  • Will anything cost money?

Official Aggie Ring Day T-shirts will be available for $15, and concession stands will sell bottled water and soft drinks. Credit cards and cash will be accepted.

  • Will restrooms be available?

Yes, there are restrooms in the Kyle Field concourses and in the Hall of Champions.

  • Will there be any place to sit down?

No.

  • What accessibility accommodations are available?

Kyle Field is fully accessible to wheelchairs. However, there are no wheelchairs available to rent or borrow.



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