More Texas Tech fans will be cheering at Jones SBC Stadium this year, than any other. Tech has sold a record number season tickets.
A record 25,000 Raider fans are holding season tickets to watch Tech play every home game. And if you don't have tickets for Saturday's season opener on the road at SMU, forget about it. Tickets have been sold out since Monday.
"Born and raised a red raider!," exclaims Patrick Irish who calls his love for Tech Football a family tradition. "We've had season tickets in our family for a little over 45 years," she explains.
Decades of Texas Tech fanaticism, that shows even today with season ticket sales at an all time high. More than 25,000 have sold, not counting the student seats. "I'll be surprised to be honest with you if we don't have a sell out at every game this season," says Jim Douglas from the Texas Tech Alumni Association.
Saturday's season opener against SMU is no exception. Douglas says the sell out is largely due to the number of Tech alumni who live in the Dallas area, and it's those former Red Raiders who purchased 70 % of the tickets. "We've got a large alumni base in Dallas and so we'll have a lot of fans in the Dallas area going to the game, it'll be a great turn out, a lot of red and black in the stands," says Douglas.
Creating a large Red Raider presence at Tech's first game of the season."Even though we're the visitors, it makes Tech fans feel like they're with family because of all the red and black," describes Douglas. The perfect opportunity for tech fans to reunite. "Actually I am going to spend the weekend with a former alumni and we're going to have a good time getting to see them and going and supporting the red raiders," says Chris Haynes, a former Red Raider.
"I still go back to the student section just because there's nothing like sitting in the middle with all the crazy fans," says Todd Dudley, also an alum. Saturday's game will not be televised. The first home game against TCU will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net.