Texas Tech is painted red and black in anticipation of Saturday night's game against Northwestern State. Student workers by the main entrance passed out red and black car streamers Friday, encouraging passing motorists to show their spirit on Lubbock roadways.
The statue of Will Rodgers is covered in red, and the main university sign was glowing red Friday night, the start of a new tradition before a home game.
A lot of fans were disappointed in the team's performance last season, but students are out in force for this game, clearly hoping for a better one.
"It's really a testament because you know last year was terrible. To see this kind of support coming back, I think it speaks volumes about the community."
Ty Vaughn is a sophomore at Texas Tech University, and he has high hopes for the Red Raider football team this year.
"I think we're gonna surprise some people this year," Vaughn said. "I think Tech's gonna kind of be what K-State was last year. There's a lot of different guys who weren't on the team last year, not to mention a lot of guys who were hurt the year before will be back."
Interim President Lawrence Schovanec hosted his annual welcome back luncheon Friday afternoon. The event drew a large crowd, and Schovanec said this is the most excitement he's seen on campus.
"I think the atmosphere at Tech is so strong right now, our enrollment is up slightly but it feels busy and that really adds to the excitement," Schovanec said.
Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt is also excited for tomorrow.
"It's one of the exciting times of the year," he said, "one of the best times of the year when football season kicks off. Nothing brings a community and university together like football..."
If you're making your way to the game Saturday, please note that the parking arrangements have changed for 2012:
The parking lots by the United Spirit Arena are no longer free. Starting this season it will cost $10 dollars to park your vehicle and $5 dollars per person to ride the shuttle to Jones AT&T Stadium. This also goes for parking at west commuter and UMC.
For more information about driving to and parking at the stadium, click here.
The game kicks off at 6 p.m. Tech fans are expecting a blowout.
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