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Loyal Blue Weekends in Louisiana’s College Town

August 6, 2018Written by: Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

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 whole new 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 with Rock the Railroad. This lively event begins at 6 p.m. with music, food trucks, beer and wine, and extended shopping hours. LA Tech spirit groups get the crowd pumped up with some fun and interactive performances. Afterward, live entertainment begins on the Railroad Park stage followed by a late-night pep rally. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome (and encouraged!) Locals and visitors alike enjoy the evening festivities as well as catching the Tech Bar Bop Band making special appearances downtown. This event is free to attend and family-friendly! Click here for a map of parking downtown.

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 dish, and more! Participating locations include Beau Vines Steakhouse, Champs Sports Restaurant & Bar, Railway Coffee, Mi Casa Taqueria and Mi Casa Latin Restaurant.

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 accommodation can be found here. Still need tickets to the games? Click here to purchase. How ‘bout them dawgs!

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Loyal Blue Weekend Dates
September 7-9
October 5-7
October 19-21
November 9-11
November 23-25

Rock the Railroad Schedule
6 p.m. – Music, food, and fun
6:30 p.m. – LA Tech spirit groups
7 p.m. – Outdoor concert
9 p.m. – Late-night pep rally

LA Tech Home Games
Sept. 8, LA Tech vs. Southern University
Oct. 6, LA Tech vs. UAB
Oct. 20, LA Tech vs. UTEP *Homecoming 
Nov. 10, LA Tech vs. Rice
Nov. 24, LA Tech vs. Western Kentucky




About the Author

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Amanda Quimby Carrier, TMP

Full time destination marketer, part time gardener. Amanda has a love for travel and tourism, event planning and showcasing #RustonLA. She’s also very serious about coffee, wine, and true crime novels. Amanda implements the marketing, advertising, and public relations plans for the CVB.

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