Tailgaters Back In Action - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/30/08

Tailgaters Back In Action

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More than 50,000 people are expected to fill Jones AT & T Stadium Saturday evening, and many Red Raider fans kicked off their holiday weekend wearing red and black at a tailgate.

 The paint is back out and fans are sporting their favorite Red Raider football number again. "I got Graham this year," Texas Tech Senior David McDaniel said.

 As another Texas Tech football season begins, Raiderville once again has student residents, who camp out for front row seats. "This is the Raiderville sign. We have a population of five. Hopefully by the Texas game we can get that number up to 600," McDaniel said.

While others rolled up in their Red Raider bus from the Dallas area. Terry Fuller has been to every Texas Tech Football game and nearly all the men's basketball games.  "We do it on this bus. We had another bus similar to this bus that we had the first six years and we acquired this bus this week," Terry Fuller said.

 Inside the bus, it is a moving sea of red and black. "You are in Red Raider land when you come into the shower," Fuller said.

 While outside flat screens and food are set up for the nearly one hundred expected guests. "Chicken fajitas are on the list for today's pre-game. Post game it's more seafood," Linda Fuller added.  

 Outside the Jones AT & T Stadium, it is all about the barbeque. However, inside when the Red Raiders take the field, it means big money for Texas Tech. 

"Ticket sales are a big part of our budget," Texas Tech Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations Chris Cook said.  

To get Eastern Washington to play at the Jones Cook says it cost Tech more $300,000.

"We have a payout that we give them to help with travel expenses that they take back to campus and work into their budgets," Cooke said.

 It is just the beginning of a season some say could be one of the Red Raiders best yet. The Red Raiders head to Nevada next. The Fullers tell us the bus will roll out Sunday as they make their way to Reno for the next tailgate. 

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