Kickoff isn't until Saturday, but dedicated Red Raider student fans are already in line to get a good seat for the big game. "This is Raiderville. This is where it all happens for the student body before the game," said Kevin Pierson standing by several tents camped in front of Jones Stadium.
Pierson is the Mayor of Raiderville, and his job is to take care of his "citizens" and make sure they get the best seats possible for the big game against the University of Texas.
Raiderville also has a town hall. "We got town hall set up in a little semi circle there, so we had a town hall meeting the first day," said Raiderville citizen Josh Hurst.
This fan community has popped up before, but the mayor says they've reached a record population this week. There are more than 40 homes and 250 citizens camped out, and in this town, you get to know your neighbors. "You're gonna talk with people. Not showering with everybody for a week means you get to know everybody a little bit better, too. So for me, I love the relationships as much as just coming to support the team," said Hurst.
There was a rumor earlier that the athletic ticket office is cutting the number of student tickets. NewsChannel 11 talked to the ticket office and they said that rumor is not true. Students will have the same amount of seats as they usually do.
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