Raiderville makes its debut ahead of Saturday's game
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
Oklahoma State travels to Lubbock this weekend to face the Red Raiders. Each team has only one loss and some experts believe for the loser, this season's dream of a Big 12 championship will be gone. This importance has not been lost on the students who debuted Raiderville for the first time this year.
"It can get pretty wild out here. It's quite an experience for sure," said Texas Tech student Zach Kuykendall. "We have this six man tent, we got another one that attaches on this little hallway, and it's a four man tent. We got an inflatable sofa we want to bring out."
This year Raiderville is set up between Dan Law field and the Frazier Alumni pavilion and there are a few must haves for students.
"You must have your warm blanket out here because I think it's going to be cold this week," said Raiderville Mayor Ryan Reyna. "Just hang out with your friends and have a good time. I want to see nothing but smiles out here."
"You have to have flip flops because whether or not you need warm shoes, when they blow the bull horn for the morning check-in, you need something to put on your feet when you run out the door," said Texas Tech student Kate Aufill.
She decided to come out to Raiderville because of a longstanding family tradition.
"I've been in my same seats for five years because my brother brought me when I was in high school, like he wasn't supposed to," she said. "I don't plan on giving up my front row seats for this game."
The importance of Raiderville isn't lost on the team either.
"I love to have it back," said Kliff Kingsbury. "I remember when they were really rolling in 2008. There were people there on Monday and Tuesday setting up and it was fun for the players to come through that and see that."
"I love when the fans do that," said Sophomore linebacker Branden Jackson. "Sometimes I wish I could stay out with them but we're not allowed to do that."
The game against Oklahoma State kicks off at 6:00pm Saturday. There are under 700 tickets left. Everyone at Raiderville was unanimous in saying the only way this was going to be a good week is for Tech to win.