It's time to get your "Guns-up", Tech's first home game of the season is on Saturday for what is being billed as "the year" for Texas Tech football.
The players are focused, fans are ready to cheer, and the tailgaters are pumped up. But Red Raider fans who plan on attending the game are asked to be patient on their way in. "More hectic is probably what I would say, but hopefully we can have some organized chaos out of the whole deal," said TTU's Manager of Events and Guest Relations Rey Suarez.
If you are parking north of the stadium, off campus, there are two walking bridges you can take across, the new pedestrian bridge at 4th and Boston and a walking bridge at Fourth and University. "Those are the only safe and legal routes to take across the freeway. We do have a new 4th Street bridge that opened up a couple weeks ago, but we are urging pedestrians not to use that bridge because there is no walkway and it is dangerous to anybody trying to use that bridge to get to the stadium," said Dianah Ascencio with Texas Department of Transportation.
The new pedestrian bridge will have its grand opening Saturday morning and fans are urged to take advantage of it. "We've have had good weather for the past week and a half and our crews have been working 24 hours, 7 days a week to make it happen and its going to happen tomorrow (Saturday) morning," said Ascencio.
Some free spots to park on campus are the West Commuter lots at 18th Street and Indiana Avenue close to the United Spirit Arena, and also the Satellite Parking Lot at 10th Street and Texas Tech Parkway. There will be a $5 dollar shuttle round trip that will take you to and from the stadium from these locations.
But officials say to be sure to get to the game early. "I would say if the kickoff is at 6 p.m., leave for the game at 4 p.m. maybe a couple of hours before hand, just to kind of get stuff worked out and if you have to get directed somewhere else you aren't making a mad dash to one of the gates," said Suarez.
Suarez also advises, "Just pay attention. Listen to the police and the direction you're being given by the parking personnel and the police department."
Some things to keep in mind if you plan on tailgating are if you bring an RV only take up four spaces and no fires are allowed on the ground. The lot is open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.
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