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10/22/09

Gearing up for the Texas A&M game

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Excitement keeps building as Texas Tech is one day closer to take on a big rival. Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium the Red Raiders will welcome the Aggies from Texas A&M. 

Kickoff is at 6 p.m. Saturday, but before any football is played, there are some traditions and can't be forgotten.

Across campus Red Raider fans are getting wrapped up in school spirit, as Tech gets ready to take on the Aggies. "When we play Texas A&M, we have what we call "Aggie Watch" and, as Saddletramps, we'll guard certain monuments around campus at night - tonight, tomorrow night and after the game on Saturday," said Phillip Jenkins with the Texas Tech Saddletramps.  

That's right from now until the game, 24 hour surveillance, making sure nothing is bothered. "We're guarding them from those Aggies," said Jenkins.

But as you get ready to make your game day plans and set up your tailgates, a few things to keep in mind.

Friday night at the United Spirit Arena there will be a concert, so a few spots will not be available right away. "Tailgating will be available in any of the normal lots with the exception of C17 which is the lot by the credit union. They can stage there they just can't park there till midnight," said Reynaldo Suarez the Manager for Events and Guest Services at Texas Tech.

But after tailgating is said and done, Jones AT&T Stadium is where you need to be Saturday night, ready to make Texas Tech history. "It will be a record crowd with Tech. It will break last year's record that we saw against Texas, since we have 6,000 more seats," said Dave Welsh with the Texas Tech Ticket Office. 

It will be the first time the new stadium seats will be open and more seats means more people cheering on the Raiders to another victory.

And if Coach Mike Leach leads them to a 'W', he will tie former Tech coach Spike Dykes as the winningest coach in Tech history, with 82 wins.  "A lot of firsts will be this Saturday and it will be a really fun event that people don't want to miss," said Welsh.

There are still 2,500 tickets left for this weekend's game, if they all are sold, the stadium will pack more than 59,000 people.

Tickets are $95 each, but there are group rates available. You can get your tickets online by (clicking here) or at the Texas Tech Athletics Ticket Office.

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