Tailgaters filled parking lots around Texas Tech Saturday morning, eager for the start of football season.
People showed up as early as Friday afternoon to claim their stake, driving from as far away Dallas and Midland to watch their beloved Red Raiders, and everyone brought their own idea of tailgating necessities.
"We have a motor home, the most important thing we have is the barbeque pit, we have the ice chest with drinks, we have the friends, we have more friends on the way and we have the husband that does all the work," said Michelle Standridge, who made the two-hour drive from Midland.
Fellow tailgater Chase Hall took a more technological approach.
"We basically got somebody that was a Red Raider fan to build us a trailer that has a canopy window that opens up. Inside we have two 42" TVs, got your Xbox, two direct TV satellite receivers and then this year we installed an automatic satellite dish on top," Hall said.
Other tailgaters, like Paul McCollough choose to put their emphasis on food.
"We have some ribs, we have a couple of jalapeno poppers - that's kind of a big deal - and bacon-wrapped shrimp that's going on the grill a little later," McCollough said.
All of these fans are expecting Tech to do very well this season, but Michelle was more optimistic than the others. She expects Tech's football team to win the National Championship.
These fans are eager to support Texas Tech, despite a very poor finish last season. In fact, Tech has sold the second most season tickets in their entire history.
As far as a player to keep an eye on, Chase Hill has some advice.
"I got to give it to Javon Bell," Hill said. "He's a newcomer - not a lot of people know about him - but I think he's going to have a standout game today..."
PARKING REMINDER: If you're making your way to the game, please note that 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.
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