LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Texas A&M game is less than 72 hours away and some students are already showing their spirit by camping out, but you won't find them outside Jones AT&T Stadium gates. Construction forced Raiderville to move its city limits 200 yards from the stadium. The population is 70 and counting.
The biggest change for campers, besides location Wednesday night was the weather. With the university's help, students say the distance from the Jones won't keep them from getting a good seat.
"We expect a lot more people because they have finally realized it's moved," says Kurtis Vanderpool. Equipped with necessities he says the new location has perks. "The ground is softer. It is quieter and there are more trash cans. We get to see more students who stop by and want to be a part of Raiderville," adds Vanderpool.
"The mayors make sure you are taken care of, make sure you get a spot in the stadium," says resident and freshman at Texas Tech Colton Ancell. Co-Mayors Drew Gardner and Vanderpool use a scanner from the university to reward loyal campers with good seats. "We'll get a list of the ID's that we have scanned and the names of the people who are here early in the week and we'll give them wrist bands and they will be allowed into the stadium about 30 to 45 minutes early," says Vanderpool about the seat change policy.
The mayors say some of the changes, like no alcohol, will preserve the new city limits. "What you do before you come is your business, but here it is our business," says Gardner. They say passing the time outside is no problem. Students say the university has helped make sure they have everything they need like portable bathrooms, a makeshift flag pole and the space to camp out. They say there is still one thing missing, electricity, which they hope to get soon.
"There's a passion among the people for Texas Tech football because why else would you camp out in the rain?" says Gardner. "It makes for a good story rain, snow or hail we will be here," says Vanderpool.
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Texas Tech students are braving Mother Nature's elements to show their support for the Red Raiders and to get a good seat. NewsChannel 11's Ann Wyatt Little reports from the new Raiderville.