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Texas Longhorn Football Tickets: Hook 'em Horns!
For many college students, Saturdays in autumn are the zenith of the college experience. Very few things can actually beat or even match the excitement and camaraderie of college students and thousands of other fans making their way to the stadium hours before kickoff to eat, drink and play with friends and loved ones while waiting for their beloved teams. Imagine just how the atmosphere becomes electrifying when these fans cheer on their team in a big game or the pride they feel wearing the famed jersey just to relive their team’s glorious past. This is what Texas Longhorn Football represents not just to the University of Texas (UT) students but also to their fans in Austin and other parts of the country.
Football has been a part of UT college experience for more than 120 years. Established in 1893, the Texas Longhorns has represented UT and the city of Austin immaculately and gloriously for over a century. The team is not only famed for its iconic longhorn logo and its burnt orange-and-white colors, but also for having notched up a record 108 wins in 122 games. The team has an all-time record of 897-352-33 and has produced over 300 NFL players such as Vince Young, Earl Campbell, Bobby Layne, Colt McCoy, Ricky Williams and many more.
With its 32 conference titles and four national championships, the latest one coming in 2005, Austinites are proud of the Longhorns and are always keen to keep its tradition running. That’s why they’ll proudly wear their orange jackets and jerseys with the team’s famed Longhorn logo and vociferously sing to the rendition of “The Eyes of Texas” while doing the rallying hand signal of “Hook 'em Horns.”
Their success has contributed to long-standing rivalries with various teams including; University of Oklahoma’s, Oklahoma Sooners, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Texas A&M Aggies and Arkansas Razorbacks. So when any of these teams are in town to face the Longhorns at the iconic Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium (DKR), you should expect nothing other than fireworks both in the stands and in the playing turf. You’ll however, never see the Oklahoma Sooners at the DKR since the annual game between the Longhorns and the Sooners is always played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
What to Expect this Season
There’s no doubt that UT fans are among the best fans in college football. However, they’re also among the toughest to play for. Needless to say, they always have high expectations. In fact, the amount of expectation put upon the Longhorns this year has never been levied on any Longhorn team since the days when the legendary Colt McCoy roamed the 40 Acres.
Even though the Longhorns is valued at $805 million, more than several NFL teams, the team has been underachieving in the last ten years. Talk to any ardent Longhorn fan and they’ll instantaneously take you back to the glory days of 2005 when Vince Young was at the helm as the QB and helped the team to its last National Championship.
Hopes are much higher this season with head coach, Tom Herman marking his second year at the helm. In fact, the media hype that has accompanied this team over the last year after they made one of the flashiest coaching hires in recent memory by acquiring Herman from University of Houston is now reaching fever pitch. Having fallen short of 10 wins in recent years including last year’s 7-6, the team is expected to notch up more than 10 wins this season, and fans can’t wait for the season to kick off. They expect the Mighty Longhorns to fight and to rebound back to the glory days of Vince Young.
The Bert Ogden Arena is built and designed way above competition, especially in the Valley. From special flooring designs that include granite countertops, quartz floors to LED lighting in the parking lot, you’ll love visiting the Bert Ogden Arena. Unlike other arenas, the Bert Ogden Arena has its restrooms made with porcelain as well as stairways made with concrete instead of the common metal.
The sweltering heat and high temperatures that is a common fixture in Texas won’t be a problem in the Ogden. That’s because the arena is fixed with modern air conditioning units that are the largest in South Texas.
When the Longhorn hired Coach Herman last year, they knew pretty well that he’s a smart coach who could turn the program around as he had proved with University of Houston. The biggest talk surrounding the ongoing team camp is that Herman is looking to get his offense into a rhythm with pressure being on the big men upfront. Any Longhorn fan will admit that the team was so thin upfront last season, especially after Cade Brewer got a season-ending knee injury in November 2017.
It was easy to notice that offensive players didn’t know what to expect from Coach Herman as they were constantly bogged down by messages from the coaching staff. That said, it’s expected that Herman is building the team from the line back and not the other way around.
It’s also believed that Sam Ehlinger will be given the chance to impress as the team’s QB. The team has been on the recruiting trail and has had commitments from four-star offensive tackle Javonne Shepherd and three-star 2019 outside linebacker Marcus Tillman Jr.
Horns offensive line coach Herb Hand is said to be impressed by one of the recent additions, Calvin Anderson who is expected to replace Connor Williams (second round pick by the Dallas Cowboys) and solidify the left tackle position. It’s also expected that two of the team’s veterans, Zach Shackelford and Patrick Vahe will step up and help lead the young offensive line by example. In essence, the Longhorns are well-equipped and are expected to push further than they’ve done in recent years.
Overview of the Stadium
As always, the Darrel K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (40 Acres) will be buzzing with activities, fun and excitement whenever the Horns are playing at home. Located on the UT campus in Austin, Texas, this is a state-of-the-art stadium with a capacity of 100,119. It’s the second largest football stadium in Texas, the fifth largest on-campus stadium in the NCAA and the largest in the Big 12 Conference.
On the south end of the stadium is the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center featuring a modern training room, locker room, players’ lounge, trophy room, football academy city and strength and conditioning area. The most desirable section of the stadium is however, the northeast corner just under the famed Godzillatron or rather the 55 feet high by 134 feet wide HD video display, which remains the largest in collegiate athletics. Your chances of sitting under the Godzillatron are nevertheless limited since tickets are generally distributed to prevent UT students from overcrowding the northeast corner, and so you can find yourself sitting in the lower east, the west grandstands, west side or the north end zone also known as the Red McCombs Red Zone.
Texas Longhorns Football Schedule
Now that you know where you can sit, you should expect nothing short of fireworks and memorable moments when the Longhorns are playing at home. The Longhorn will nonetheless begin this season on September 1 on the road to face Maryland Terrapins, and here is a highlight of some of the games to look forward to.
The Longhorns vs. USC
Even though the Longhorns fell short of upsetting the USC Trojans in Los Angeles last year and ended up losing the game 27-24 in overtime, something mammoth is looming when the Longhorns take on the Trojans at the DKR on September 15. The Trojans are no pushovers, so you should expect this to be the biggest non-conference game and a measuring stick for the Longhorns. Should they get one over the Trojans, they’ll find themselves in the top 25 ESPN rankings heading into conference play.
The Longhorns vs. Kansas State Wildcats
The Purple Wizards have held an upper hand over the Longhorns over the last two decades with a 7-5 since 1998. The Wildcats have often shredded the Longhorns, especially away from the 40 Acres. The Longhorns last win in Manhattan, Kansas came in 2002, and it’s hard seeing them notch a win on September 29. Nevertheless, it’s going to be an epic showdown!
The Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners
Known as the Red River Rivalry, this is an annual showdown between the Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners held at the neutral Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. This is a traditionally fiery affair with each team having an equal number of fans split at the 50 yard line. This is undoubtedly the longest-running college football rivalry having begun in the 1900s. The Sooners have consistently outranked the Longhorns in the Big 12 rankings in the last five years, but that will not water down this showpiece on October 6.
The Sooners won’t steamroll the Longhorns if last year’s nail-biting 29-24 victory in favor of the Sooners is anything to go by. This year, the Longhorns have an advantage in the sense that Ehlinger will be starting for the second time as QB in the Red River Rivalry, while Oklahoma’s Kyle Murray will be making his first start at the Cotton Bowl. Either way, this is undoubtedly the Big 12’s most storied rivalry, and certainly worth attending.
Ticket Costs at the DKR
For some time now, the University of Texas athletics officials have kept their promise and are not raising prices for season ticket holders. The season package for the Longhorns games including all home games will set you back $300. A season ticket for home games will cost you between $199 and $219 with single home game tickets going for $30.
There are high expectations for the Texas Longhorns this season at the backdrop of Tom Herman’s first year in charge. The Longhorns are currently in the camp and as always, fans will be expecting them to bring the glorious years back when the 2018 season finally kicks off on September 1. There’s no doubt that the team looks well-poised to take a shot at playoffs this season. As for fans, it’s time to ready your burnt orange jerseys and wait to support the Longhorns as they take on their rivals. Hook 'em Horns!