LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
The campus of Texas Tech University was filled with anticipation on Friday afternoon as students prepared for Saturday's season opening football game.
"We've been waiting for this all summer; it's the best part of the school year, so it's what we look forward to the most," said Sophomore Lauren Garcia. "Just sitting in the student section is so much fun, all the chants that they do, they change the words to the songs, the clapping, everything, I love all of it. Of course, seeing Kliff Kingsbury come out, that's one of my favorite parts as well."
She and her friend were going shopping to make sure their outfits were game day ready.
"All the girls here get super dressed up so I'm looking for a red dress, maybe some black earrings, anything Texas Tech will work," she said.
For many students, Saturday will be their first chance to be a part of the Texas Tech tradition.
"I'm actually most excited for the atmosphere," said Freshman Eric Parks. "I'm ready to just be super excited and have everyone yelling around me. I'm from Oakland, so the Oakland Raiders, I'm used to a pretty hardcore fan base and I've heard Tech is pretty similar so I'm excited."
Freshman Everett Glaster is also looking forward to his first game experience, but he will have a unique perspective as a member of the marching band.
"I've been told that a lot of people are there even just for the band, just to watch us, and people go nuts in the stands and people love it, so I'm actually really excited and looking forward to actually being there at the first game."
As the sun began to set, the Saddle Tramps made the familiar walk to Memorial Circle to wrap the Will Rogers statue with red streamers. It's a long time tradition, and they're proud to be part of it.
"There's nothing we take more pride in than being a big tradition here at Texas Tech. Whether that's us banging Bertha, the bell we take to every game, or wrapping campus, or ringing the victory bells, that's absolutely tantamount to what fills us with pride every single day," said Saddle Tramps President Ty Vaughn. "It's just something we've been doing for a long time and we take a lot of pride in making the campus red and black."
At midnight the Saddle Tramps will host a tradition called, "Midnight Raiders." Members of the student body gather around the covered Will Rogers statue and get excited for the next day's game.