LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Come early and pre-pay. That's the important message that Texas Tech Athletics is conveying to football fans for the 2010 season as record numbers continue to mount in season ticket sales.
As of Monday, almost 47,000 season tickets have been sold for the first football season under head coach Tommy Tuberville and that will have a major impact on traffic and parking on game days.
One major change this season is that all tailgating areas on campus are now marked as paid/reserved parking – including the lots around the United Spirit Arena. The once free parking areas around the United Spirit Arena, will now require a $10 parking pass per-game or a season parking pass for $50 (savings of $10) for automobile parking. These parking vouchers can be purchased in advance online at texastech.com or in person at the athletics ticket office or the Red Raider Club.
Season parking passes will not be sold after noon on Friday, Sept. 3, so fans are encouraged to make those purchases as soon as possible.
Express lanes will be available for fans that have pre-purchased parking for the west arena lots and these lanes will provide quick access to the parking areas on game day. Fans that choose to buy parking the day of the game will have to do so with a credit card as no cash will be accepted at the lots.
"It's really important that everyone understand how significant it is to come early and to pre-pay for your parking," said Amy McBride, Assistant AD/Red Raider Club. "Traffic around campus really starts to pick up about three hours prior to kickoff so those fans that come out early and buy parking in advance will alleviate a lot of potential headaches on game day."
Fans who wish to tailgate in groups in the west arena lots must arrive together on game day. These lots will be secured and organized by parking attendants so arriving as a group is imperative.
Recreational vehicles that arrive on campus earlier than 5:30 p.m. on Friday's preceding the game will be asked to leave campus (no staging allowed) and return after 5:30 p.m. Recreational vehicles that do not overnight in the parking lots are urged to arrive no later than six hours prior to kickoff to avoid pre-game congestion. Area reserved RV Parking is available for purchase (excluding the Texas game) for $75 per-game.
Season parking is also available for purchase inside the newly constructed parking garage (Raider Park) alongside the Marsha Sharp Freeway across from Jones AT&T Stadium. The Texas Tech Alumni Association will provide two basketball season tickets (to either men's or women's) to the first 500 fans that purchase season parking permits at Raider Park. In addition, the Red Raider Club will allocate priority points to patrons who purchase season parking permits at Raider Park for the 2010 football season. Information on Raider Park can be obtained by calling (806) 742-GAME (4263) or by logging on to www.raiderpark.com.
FREE PARKING (Non-Tailgating)
Free parking is still available for fans that do not wish to tailgate on game days and those parking areas are located just west of University Medical Center. Fans can ride Citibus to and from the game for roundtrip fee of just $5.
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