The Wolfpack enters the playing field through the long tunnel that runs underneath the south endzone into the Murphy Center. As the scoreboard plays the highlight video and the music echoes through the stadium, the team runs out to the sounds of cannons and the school fight song, the blaze of fireworks and a screen of smoke.

It's easy to do: just touch your middle finger and your ring finger to your thumb to make the nose and hold your pinkie and your forefinger in the air to make the ears. You've made a wolf!

It's not the oldest Wolfpack tradition, but it has become one of the fans' and players' favorite parts of Wolfpack football. A couple of hours before kickoff, fans begin lining the walkways near the Murphy Football Center, forming a path for the team to walk through. When the team buses arrive, the band and cheerleaders lead the way as the team walks through the line of fans and into the locker room.

A multitude of Wolfpack fans line the narrow path to cheer on the Pack before they get dressed for the game.

Each season, NC State hosts its "Military Appreciation" game at Carter-Finley Stadium. This event has become a fan favorite for the Wolfpack faithful, as the university pulls out all the stops to honor those who protect our freedom.

Events include:

  • Adopt-A-Serviceperson - Wolfpack Club members host troops at their pregame tailgates. The Athletics Department provides complimentary game tickets
  • Pregame Tailgate - NC State Athletics host a pregame tailgate party for 400+ military personnel, including the Wounded Warriors
  • Wounded Warriors Walk of Champions - Escorted by the Patriot Guard motorcycles, fans join the band, cheerleaders and dance team at the North entrance as the Wounded Warriors enter the stadium. The Wounded Warriors are also honored on the field during the game
  • Halftime Ceremony - Includes a special military tribute by the NC State Marching Band, a full-field sized flag and a parachute team jumps into the stadium.
  • Pregame flyover
  • Select ROTC cadets are recognized on the field
  • Military tug of war contest
  • Military 'shout-outs' on the video board

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