Johnson Field was once again filled with Lobos howling their pride at The University of New Mexico’s annual Red Rally. This event is one of the University’s most popular of the school year, where students gather to celebrate and amplify their school spirit in preparation of the UNM vs. NMSU football game.

The University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University rivalry, also known as the Rio Grande Rivalry, has been ongoing since 1894, making it 126 years old.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNM shut down most in-person operations and events in 2020, so the last Red Rally two years ago, in 2019. This made students even more eager to attend and get back into the swing of UNM traditions.

“I’m super happy with what happened tonight,” said Greg Romero, ASUNM president. “Huge credit goes to ASUNM Lobo Spirit for putting on an awesome event, this is one of the biggest Red Rallies we’ve ever had. Students are passionate to be back, back to the events that we’re supposed to have as a campus and the pack is back!”

The pack certainly is back. There were many newcomers to the event since last year’s freshman class was unable to attend, making this one of their first events on campus. Red Rally served as an opportunity to meet new people and learn what it means to be a Lobo at The University of New Mexico. 

There is still a chance for members of the UNM community who couldn’t attend to get their school spirit on by attending the tailgate at 2 p.m. and football game at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11. Click here for tickets.