There are few things more exciting than LA Tech Football season here in Ruston! It’s a special time of year when students, alumni, locals, and fans from all over the country come together to cheer on the Bulldogs. Loyal Blue Weekends celebrate LA Tech football throughout the community and offer a home-game experience that should not be missed!
Loyal Blue Weekends take place every home-game weekend and feature family-friendly activities, spirit groups, pep rallies, outdoor music, tailgating, and much more football fun.
Loyal Blue Weekend kicks off on Friday night in downtown Ruston. An outdoor pep rally with LA Tech spirit groups begins at 5:30 p.m. in Railroad Park. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome (and encouraged!) as you cheer on the Bulldogs. Following the pep rally, stick around for special downtown events! Locals and visitors alike will enjoy the evening festivities that include a downtown wine walk, beer tasting event, outdoor movie, and more! Scroll down for a list of dates and events.
The festivities continue on Saturday as fans are encouraged to shop and eat in downtown before the game. Avoid game-day traffic and stadium lots by parking downtown and taking advantage of the Tech Trolley. This shuttle service will take you to and from Joe Aillet Stadium for tailgating activities and the game, running continuously each hour, completely free of charge! Get there early for tailgating in Bulldog Village, an experience you must not miss during game days in Ruston. Located right outside the stadium, this interactive fan zone includes live music on the Experience Ruston stage, open tailgates, vendors, autograph signing, free food, activities for the kids and more!
End your weekend the right way on Sunday with brunch! Select local restaurants will be hosting Bulldog Brunch and offering your favorite breakfast items, traditional brunch dishes, and more!
As you can see, game-day weekends in Ruston are serious business, and we hope you’ll join us for all the fun! Information on accommodations can be found here. Still need tickets to the games? Click here to purchase. How ‘bout them dawgs!
Loyal Blue Weekend Dates
September 19-22 (Friday gameday)
November 8-10 (Homecoming)
Friday Night Events
5:30 p.m. pep rally with LA Tech spirit groups in Railroad Park
Sept. 6 – Tech vs. Tigers Tailgate
Sept. 19 – Ruston Spirit Night (Activities take place Thursday at the Thomas Assembly Center)
Oct. 11 – Downtown Wine Walk
Oct. 18 – ARToberfest
Nov. 8 – Downtown Movie Night
LA Tech Home Games
Sept. 7 - LA Tech vs. Grambling State University
Sept. 20 - LA Tech vs. FIU (Friday gameday)
Oct. 12 - LA Tech vs. UMass
Oct. 19 - LA Tech vs. Southern Miss
Nov. 9 - LA Tech vs. North Texas (Homecoming)
Amanda is originally from Franklin Parish but has called Ruston home for several years. She has a passion for travel and tourism, event planning, and showcasing Ruston & Lincoln Parish. As the President & CEO, Amanda leads the CVB's sales and marketing efforts to promote the area and oversees all administrative functions of the CVB.