Traditions Rally

Friday September 11 on Fountain Mall

Traditions Rally is a free, community-wide celebration held each year before the Bears kick off their first home game. This year, Baylor takes on Lamar at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 12. The Friday Traditions Rally will include a Baylor football pep rally with the Golden Wave Marching Band, spirit squads and members of the Bears’ 2015 football team, Brad Paisley in concert and a fireworks show over Pat Neff Hall to close out the celebration.


As the 2015 Baylor Football season kicks off, Brad Paisley will bring his show to Baylor University to provide free entertainment for the campus community. A critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others will roll into Waco for Traditions Rally 2015 with the Country Nation College Tour presented by Zaxby’s on September 11.


4:00 p.m.: IFC Tailgate (students only)
5:30 p.m.: Fountain Mall Opens for All Guests: first-come, first-served until venue capacity is reached
7:00 p.m.: Season Opening Pep Rally: band, cheerleaders, football team
7:30 p.m.: Bobby Bones Concert
8:30 p.m.: Brad Paisley Concert
Approx. 10:00 p.m.: Fireworks show over Pat Neff Hall following concert

Parking & Shuttles

  • Community guests are encouraged to park at the Ferrell Center and ride a dedicated shuttle to a drop off location near Jones Library. Shuttles will run to/from Ferrell Center every 15 minutes beginning at 4:30 p.m. and running through midnight.
  • Baylor faculty, staff and students with valid parking permits may park in designated gameday relocation garages - Collins Garage, East Village Garage and 5th Street Garage - until full. These garages will be staffed from noon until 6:00 p.m. to ensure availability for faculty, staff and students.
  • All other campus garages and football-reserved lots will be closed per normal gameday parking procedures.
  • All cars parked in Ferrell Center must be removed by 2:00 a.m. or they will be towed to accommodate gameday parking.

Event Seating in Fountain Mall
No seating will be provided for the event in the grassy area of Fountain Mall. A grandstand accommodating approximately 3,200 will be located on 3rd Street in front of Moody Memorial Library. Seating in the grandstand area will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Guest Safety

All event guests will enter the Fountain Mall venue through secured entry points. A list of prohibited items and behaviors can be found here.

Passing the Torch
At the heart of Baylor's Annual Traditions Rally are numerous Spirit Traditions. Each fall, on the weekdays before the home football opener, returning students gather along with new students to celebrate Baylor's rich heritage and athletic & spirit traditions. It is on this night that the torch is officially passed to new students as bearers of the Baylor spirit and legacy.

Browse Baylor's gameday traditions, and be ready to Sic 'em!

IFC Tailgate (students only)

The IFC All-Student Tailgate will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Baylor Park behind South Russell. Student IDs are required for entry into the area and for free hot dogs and hamburgers. New Students are asked to wear Slime Caps and Line Jerseys.

Wristbands for a reserved student area at the Traditions Rally/concert will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the IFC Tailgate. Doors to the Fountain mall open at 5:30 and students may begin filling the reserved area at that time. Any space remaining in the reserved section at 6:45 p.m. will be open to the public.

Weather Plans

  • In the event inclement weather is predicted, the concert will be moved to the Ferrell Center. The call to move indoors, if warranted, will be made on Thursday, September 10.
  • If unpredicted bad weather approaches during the event, attendees will be evacuated to Moody Memorial Library, Bill Daniel Student Center, and Marrs McLean Gym.

Closure Schedule

  • Bike racks will be in place around Fountain Mall beginning Thursday. Sidewalks will continue to be accessible that day.
  • Third Street will be closed to traffic on Friday, September 11 beginning at 1:00 p.m.
  • Sidewalks in and around Fountain Mall will be closed to all traffic beginning on September 11 at 2:00 p.m.
  • All game-day parking lots will close according to their regular schedules with the exception of Ferrell Center.

Prohibited Items and Behavior

Fans may not erect structures or move barricades, barrels, fencing or any other traffic control devices. All signs and instructions must be obeyed.

Service animals are welcome. All other animals will be prohibited from entry.

Cameras with lenses 4" or smaller are permitted. Tripods, monopods, and selfie sticks are not allowed.

Drones and other Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) may not be flown or operated from or over Baylor property.

Baylor is a smoke-free campus. No smoking, traditional or non-traditional, allowed.

No abusive or foul language, disruptive behavior or actions deemed dangerous or inappropriate will be tolerated. Clothing must be appropriate for a family event – no revealing clothing or imprints with profane language or slogans; no identifiers as indicators of gang affiliation such as colored bandanas, specific headwear, etc.

No trespassing, soliciting, peddling or loitering allowed on Baylor’s campus.

Other items prohibited from entry into secured area:

  • Alcohol
  • Artificial noisemakers
  • Backpacks
  • Bags and purses larger than 12"x6"x12"
  • Banners and poles
  • Outside food and beverage
  • Scooters, bicycles, roller skates and skateboards
  • Umbrellas
  • Video cameras
  • Weapons, firearms, knives or fireworks
  • Frisbees, beach balls or other objects intended to be thrown
  • Blankets
  • Coolers
  • Lawn chairs
  • Carts/wagons (strollers are permitted)
  • Lighters/matches
  • Lawn games

Violators will be removed from the premises, banned from re-entry, and in the event necessary will be prosecuted according to the law.