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Texas Tech to allow beer sales in Raider Alley

Alysia Price Alysia Price
Joaquin Azua Joaquin Azua
Roderick Sanders Roderick Sanders
Nina Anderson Nina Anderson

Texas Tech University says they will have new surveillance cameras in place and will allow beer sales in Raider Alley beginning this weekend.

A total of 12 cameras have been installed inside the Jones AT&T stadium to keep an eye on the crowd and improve game day safety.

"That's just the day and age in which we live, said Texas Tech Associate Athletic Director Blayne Beal. "I think that there are a lot of lessons that we've learned from events such as the Boston Marathon. Ultimately it's our job to protect our fans when they come to the stadium."

Beal says the decision to sell beer in Raider Alley was made after the University received feedback from fans specifying improvements they wanted to see for this season, but he says this doesn't mean sales to all fans in the stadium is right around the corner.

"It's really not on our radar right now. It's not going as far as to say it's something we're not going to look at in the future - right now we don't have a lot of requests for that," he said.

Beal says one reason it isn't being considered is because people wouldn't be allowed to re-enter the stadium if they left.

"That would probably be met with a lot of resistance if we stopped that so we've made the decision not to sell alcohol in the bowl of the stadium this year. We do have it available across the street at Raider Alley, so coming up to the game. The alumni association offers it across the street as well," he said.

Currently Texas Tech does sell alcohol to people in premium seats.

Many fans and students that we spoke with say they support the changes.

"Honestly, I feel safer. I feel more comforted. It's an awesome idea. It's definitely for security, for our best interest," said Tech student Alysia Price.

"I don't mind it. It might help security, might help the games go a little bit smoother," said Tech student Joaquin Azua.

"You just never know what's lurking around in there with that many people at the stadium so a little bit more security can never hurt," said season ticket holder Nina Anderson.

"I think it's pretty good because you have people that are trying to get the limelight," said Tech fan Roderick Sanders. "I remember last year when a guy ran on the field streaking or whatever, it's mostly about the players, too, so anything for the safety of the team and the fans too I'm all for it."

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