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Saddle Tramps celebrate 80 years of Red Raider spirit

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Texas Tech Saddle Tramps decorating campus (source: KCBD) Texas Tech Saddle Tramps decorating campus (source: KCBD)
Texas Tech Saddle Tramps wrapping Will Rogers (source: KCBD) Texas Tech Saddle Tramps wrapping Will Rogers (source: KCBD)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

We are two days away from kickoff for the first Texas Tech football game of the season, and the Saddle Tramps are celebrating 80 years on campus.

One of their favorite traditions happens on Thursday nights before home football games.

This tradition is called Midnight Raiders and Thursday night was the first time potential new members and active members all came together.

You can see them, and definitely hear them, at every Texas Tech home football game.

"There's really nothing like being on the turf at the football games with 60,000 people screaming at you when you do a bell circle," 1st Vice President Noah Hearn said.

But what they do before each game is just as important as the spirit they bring to athletic events.

"We wrap Will Rogers, and that takes about four to five hours when we do that. Also, we wrap the entire campus. We divvy it up into seven different sections and send our guys out all over the campus everywhere we can go and wrap every single light pole we can find," Hearn said.

The Saddle Tramps cover the entire campus, to make sure there is Red Raider spirit anywhere you look.

"I think it's something neat for the entire student population to see. We get to do it for them and I enjoy it a lot," Gregory Carrell said.

As fun as this tradition is, this decorating isn't as easy as it looks.

"It's extremely detailed, because we want to make sure that it's smooth everywhere, and we don't have any bubbles like we have in the shoulders and the head currently."

"It's what we love to do and we do it for the students. But it's definitely way harder than what it looks like. It's a lot of time, we'll be out here until about midnight still decorating," Noe Molina said.

Despite the time commitment, the Saddle Tramps wouldn't trade this experience for the world.

"I really think that it makes a difference on campus. I think that a lot of students when they wake up Friday morning after wrapping you know walking around they get really ready for game they. They get pepped up, they're ready to go," Hearn said.

It's all about working as a brotherhood to make Texas Tech a better place, and keeping traditions alive, one game day at a time.

"I feel like it's a good way for me to be a part of something bigger. And I like how I get to give back to such a good university," Molina said.

"Every semester it's really cool because we get a bunch of new family members to carry on the traditions and so we're all very close knit," Sergeant at arms Austin Starkey said.

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