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10/12/07

Tech Students Camp Out For Days To Get Seats For Saturday's Game

Some Red Raider fans are camping out to be the first in line for Saturday's rival game with Texas A&M.

Outside Jones AT&T Stadium the first tent of what many are calling Raiderville went up late Sunday night, because in the student section, seating is first come, first served.

Eric Ritchie is camping out in Raiderville. He says, "This used to be a tent and they called it city hall and they had a huge TV, and PlayStation 3 and X-box."

It became a community complete with a mayor and city council. Kevin Pierson is the Raiderville Mayor. He says he started camping out Sunday night at 9 p.m.

Throughout the week, there have even been Red Raider celebrity sightings.

"Coach Leach came by and toured Raiderville on Thursday and looked in the tents. That was really cool. Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree came over. So we've just been seeing people walk up," Ritchie said.

Many came bearing food ranging from donuts to pizza.

"The Papa John's guy pulled up in his car and said I have 40 pizzas here and everyone just took one. It was pretty much survival," Ritchie added.

Dessert came from the ice cream man. However, the biggest challenge of the week, find something to pass the time.

Freshman Trey Watson said, "When you have this big of game you want to be out here all week. And staying out here with nothing to do you need to foosball table."

However, come Saturday morning, the foosball table along with the rest of Raiderville is expected to pack up.

"I don't think anyone is going to sleep tonight. That's why the tents are going down we've all started lining up," Ritchie said.

Students tell NewsChannel 11 the tents must be packed up by Saturday morning, leaving many here spending the night under the stars.

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