Tech tailgaters kick-off the season - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/5/09

Tech tailgaters kick-off the season

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas Tech fans weren't just excited for Saturday's game, they also looked forward to tailgating.  Tech started the season Saturday against the 'Fighting Sioux' of North Dakota, but before stands were filled, another big part of the Tech football season kicked-off in the parking lots.

Hundreds of trailers pulled into the parking lots surrounding Jones AT&T Stadium to prepare for what some people think is one of the most important parts of a Tech football game, tailgating. Getting together with good food, good friends, and plenty of Red Raider spirit.  "We got some ribs, sausage, we will probably cook some hot dogs, stuff like that," Garrett Fergeson said. 

"We are just doing hamburgers today with all the sides mushrooms, green chilies, bacon, all the works," Bill Franklin said.  One man took tailgating to the next level; his grill sits on a sixteen foot trailer that is ten feet tall, equipped with a huge grill, fajita cooker and completed with a flat screen TV with satellite.  

"We've been tailgating for about 15 years now. We went to school at Tech, graduated in 1993. We got probably 15 to 20 families that tailgate with us and we've had this spot for several years now," Brian Carter said. 

Carter built his grill with help from his brother and a few friends. It took six months before it was complete, and this is the third year for it to make an appearance in the Texas Tech parking lot.  "We enjoy doing this stuff, and it makes it more fun to tailgate as well to kind of brag about it, but it's a good time," Carter said. 

With a grill like this, Carter plans to feed a lot of hungry Tech fans.  "You name it, we can have that whole grill full, then once it's cooked we can put it in the warming rack. I mean we cook brisket, sausage, we got some dove, we went dove hunting earlier this week so we are going to cook some dove up, fajitas and you name it we'll cook it," Carter said.  Even though Carter cooks all day he still manages to make it to the game on time.  

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