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Red Raiders ready for Homecoming festivities


Red Raider's young and old have descended on Texas Tech for this weekend's Homecoming festivities. Student's and alumni have been celebrating all week in preparation to face off against West Virginia in their first conference game against the Mountaineers. Katie Berkovich coordinated all of the Homecoming events, she says everything so far has gone off without a hitch.

"Everyone is excited. We've seen so many people wear there Homecoming shirts that we give out to students. All the Greeks and non Greeks have been building their floats. I'm not worried about anything else this weekend," Berkovich said.

Literally the second Red Raiders arrived on campus, they were bombarded with a sea of red and black. Brady Murphy with the Saddle Tramps says they were out in full force Friday greeting students and alumni.

"We're basically attacking people and putting streamers on their cars as they drive through. People are excited for Homecoming. I think people are excited for the game for the most part," Murphy said.

Students braved the weather Friday afternoon to show their red and black pride at the Rowdy Raider Rally. The main pep rally will be held Friday night at 9 p.m. in Urbanovsky Park, just east of the United Spirit Arena. Immediately following, there will be a bonfire, weather permitting.

"Tonight's our bon fire and our pep rally, so we're keeping our fingers crossed that it doesn't get rained out, but if it does, we'll make due," Berkovich said. 

This years Homecoming theme is Don't Wreck with Tech. Berkovich says, the all the Homecoming activities aren't planned overnight.

"We started planning in February. We decide on the theme and choose our committees," Berkovich said.

For this full weekend of Homecoming events, most Red Raiders require a few new additions to their red and black wardrobes. Stephanie Hartwig is the manager of Red Raider Outfitters, she says they're expecting a busy weekend.

"I expect a full weekend. Homecoming usually brings in a big crowd. There are a lot of alumni that come in for this game, there's a bunch of meetings, so it should be a big crowd," Hartwig said.

Despite an upset last week, most Red Raiders are planning to send the Mountaineers packing come Saturday.

"We're going to win. Positive attitude equals a positive outcome," Murphy said.

Friday night's events will take place in the Student Union if it rains. The Homecoming parade will take place Saturday morning at nine. It will begin in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church and travel down Broadway and through campus. The parade will end at Boston and 18th. 

Texas Tech's Homecoming game will kick of at 2:30 against West Virginia at Jones AT&T Stadium. 

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