Week 1 of Red Raider football begins tonight at 7 p.m. in Dallas, at Ford Stadium, on the campus of SMU.
Red Raider fans are already arriving in Dallas, and if you're leaving this morning, be prepared: the heat is here, too.
Temperatures are predicted to reach as high as 105 degrees this afternoon during tailgate hours. Forecasts show 100 degrees at kickoff and temperatures will be in the upper '90s well into game time.
Brad Sutton works in Public Relations & Marketing for SMU Athletics.
He says extra concessions, extra food and water vendors, and extra water stations will be available all around the stadium. For those tailgating, find 'Mustang Alley' located on the north side of the stadium. There you'll find water and misting stations, among other tailgate activities to keep you hydrated and cool.
Red Raider faithful can even venture to the Holiday Inn at 6070 N Central EXPY. That's where the Texas Tech Alumni Association will be tailgating both outdoors and indoors. Inside is a cash bar located in the lobby and even more importantly - air conditioning.
Beating the Mustangs tonight is the Red Raiders' goal, beating the heat should be yours.
GAME NOTES: Texas Tech at SMU
Opponent: SMU Mustangs
Date/Time: Friday, August 30, 2013/7 p.m.
Location: Ford Stadium (32,000)
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network from Learfield Sports, Brian Jensen (Play-by-Play/14th Season), John Harris (Analyst/31st Season), Chris Level (Sidelines/4th Season), Steve Pitts (Engineer/35th Season)
National Radio: None
Satellite Radio: XM Channel 190 (Texas Tech Broadcast)
Television: ESPN - Carter Blackburn (Play-by-Play), Danny Kanell (Analyst) and Allison Williams (Sideline)
On The Web: Live in-game statistics and other coverage can be found at www.texastech.com
Rankings: Texas Tech: None/SMU: None
Head Coaches: Texas Tech: Kliff Kingsbury (Career: 0-0 in first season; At Texas Tech: 0-0 in first season)
SMU: June Jones (Career: 107-75-14 in 14 seasons; At SMU: 31-34 in 5 seasons)
Against SMU: Texas Tech is 32-16 all-time against SMU; Kingsbury is 0-0 all-time vs. SMU.
RED RAIDERS OPEN THE 2013 SEASON AT SMU
Texas Tech will kickoff its 89th season of football on Friday night at SMU in front of a national television audience on ESPN. The 89th season of Red Raider Football will feature a new look as Tech enters the season under the direction of former Red Raider Kliff Kingsbury, who was named head coach on Dec. 12, 2012. Friday's game will kickoff at 7 p.m. inside Ford Stadium on the SMU campus with a limited number of tickets available through the SMU Athletics Ticket Office, (214) 768-4263. The Texas Tech Sports Network will have the radio call live across 33 affiliates in Texas and Eastern New Mexico. In Dallas, the SMU-Tech game will be carried on KFXR 1190 AM and KSKY 660 AM. Brian Jensen (play-by-play), John Harris (analyst) and Chris Level (sideline) will have the call from Ford Stadium.
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