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9/30/03

Texas Tech is Gearing up for Weekend Game

There's just 4 days until the Red Raiders take on the A&M Aggies in the first conference game of the season, and this year's 9 p.m. kick-off has Tech officials, police, and local businesses preparing for a long night and a rowdy crowd.

The 9pm kick off means it's going to be a late night, so you can expect extra security, limited parking, and a sell-out crowd. But Texas Tech's goals remain the same; win the game, have a good time, and keep the fans safe.

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The last time the Aggies and the Red Raiders played in Lubbock the 'fans' were in control, as they rushed the field and tore down the goal post. Dozens were injured in a stadium brawl. This year, Tech officials say they are doing everything they can to make sure fans stay safe at the game.

"9 o'clock presents some challenges and some opportunities. It's a challenge because it does start late but it's an opportunity for us to make sure that everything is in place and that safety and security are a priority," said Assistant Athletic Director of External Operations, Craig Wells.

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Assistant Athletic Director of External Operations, Craig Wells says running on the field will not be tolerated, for the safety of the fans and players.

"A lot of people get excited and emotional after a big game and a lot of people want to go to the field to celebrate, so what we're asking is for them to stay in the stands and celebrate. We want them to keep that emotion at a high peak and have a great time, but what we don't want to happen is a mass exodus to the field and somebody get hurt," Wells said.

Wells also adds that the security will be tight. Many fans will tailgate longer than usual, but alcohol is not allowed in the stadium, and intoxicated fans will be escorted off the grounds.

"Drinking and the abuse of alcohol is always the concern of TTU Athletics. But we're going to do our best to make sure that doesn't deter anyone from having a good time," Wells said.

Tickets are still available for this weekends game, but they do expect it to sell out.

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