There was a sea of maroon and white Saturday afternoon as tailgaters made their way near Kyle Field for the Aggie football team's season opener. The E-1 Cadets spent the morning grilling hamburger patties, and hot dogs to feed more than 100 cadets and 300 of their family members. E-1 is the largest unit outside of band at Texas A&M University.
"Aggie Game Day is the best, its one of the greatest Aggie traditions," said cadet, Andres Aguilar.
Most of the cadets said Aggie Game Day is a time to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood amongst one another and within their own family.
"I gave my son my father's who passed away, I gave him his Aggie ring today for he's a senior this year, and I gave my dad's ring to my son today," said tailgater Joe Fuller.
E-1 said it planned to have a barbeque every A&M home game. Donations provided at tailgate's will go towards the purchase of food and supplies.
Saturday's Aggie Game Day marked the 35th year E-1 has held a tailgate as an outfit.
"I call this my family too. Its like a family reunion in a way," said cadet, Ben Fuller.