Walk of pride

Published 8:26 pm Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Troy University head coach Larry Blakeney shakes hands with fans during the Trojan Walk before an NCAA football game in Troy, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)

A Troy University gameday tradition will look a little different this season.

The Trojan Walk will start at Sartain Hall as opposed to Hawkins Hall and move down University Avenue and onto Tailgate Terrace before entering the stadium.

“This is something that has been years in the making,” said head coach Larry Blakeney. “It is exciting for everyone and allows all of the university’s entities to come together.”

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The student body will comprise the first stage of the walk located at the fountain outside Sartain Hall. All fraternity and sorority members will meet at this location as well. From there, the team will move down University Avenue behind the right field wall of Riddle-Pace Field where they will be greeted by the Sound of the South Marching Band. Fans, Alumni, and parents will line the walkway through Tailgate Terrace into the stadium.

“We want to form a solid wall of people to cheer on the Trojans as they enter the field,” Sandy Atkins, Associate Director of Athletics, said. “This is a motivational thing for the players and we want to keep the energy level high.”

Blakeney feels that his players have responded well to the large crowds of the past.

“Their (players) eyes light up when they see all the people there to cheer for them.”

The event will begin every home game two hours and fifteen minutes before kickoff.

This week Trojan Walk will begin at 1:15 p.m.