As the first football game of the season approaches on Saturday, Texas Tech officials are making sure they don't have a repeat of last year's first game day. Last year, numerous fans who attended a rare Sunday afternoon game said they had to wait in lines for about 30 minutes, only to learn the vendor at Jones AT&T Stadium was out of bottled water.
Amy Geppi, General Manager for Ovations Food Services, said her company is more than prepared this year with over 66,000 bottles of water.
"Last year we didn't run out of water. We just weren't in enough areas where people could get to us," Geppi explained.
"Last year we kind of ran into a perfect storm, the game was at 2:30, we had middle of the day heat, and a new vendor," Associate Director of Athletic Communications Blayne Beal said.
"Our EMS was standard but we just had so many incidents we were overwhelmed," Beal continued.
Over 80 fans suffered from heat related illness at Tech's first game of the season last year but Tech says this year they're ready.
"I think we're very well prepared and we won't see those things that we saw last year happen again," Beal said.
"We're very ready and excited for the first game and we know it's going to be hot so folks should not have any concerns whatsoever," Ovations Food Services GM Amy Geppi explained.
Ovation says they are very prepared for game day with 14 stand-alone beverage stands and 66,000 bottles of water on hand.
"Over 90 games last year we sold a total of 90,000 waters, so we have two-thirds of that in house," Geppi continued.
While your staying hydrated, Tech also wants to make sure you follow the burn bans.
"Grills and cookers will not be allowed out to grassy areas as they have been in the past," Beal said.
Tailgating rules for this Saturday include keeping your grills or cookers on the pavement, with a lid, and they must be attended to at all times.
Tech administration says they just want everyone to come out to the game and have a great time, but fan safety is their main priority.
"When you bring 60,000 fans to your stadium you want to be prepared for every situation because our fan safety is our utmost concern," Beal said.
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