The annual burning of the Aggie will take over Johnson Field later this week as The University of New Mexico gets ready to take on rival New Mexico State University this Saturday in Las Cruces.

More than 3,000 students are expected at Red Rally, which is from 8 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13.

"Red Rally is one of the most iconic UNM traditions. Each year, our ASUNM team puts on a fun night for students across campus to enjoy," said Becka Myers, ASUNM president. "I love that we give students a night to be proud Lobos, especially before our football team beats our rivals to the south!"

The event includes a pep rally with the UNM football team, spirit squads, Spirit Marching Band and local DJs. It culminates with the burning of the 25’ tall Aggie, built by ASUNM members and student volunteers. The volunteers worked for hours a day to create the structure, cutting chicken wire and covering it in paper to make it flammable.

Aimed at getting campus pumped for the Rio Grande Rivalry game between UNM and NMSU, Red Rally is designed to get students engaged and active in the UNM community and to promote school spirit.

This year, the game takes place at NMSU's Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. Game tickets can be purchased here