Hub City Prepares For Another Blackout at Jones Stadium - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/7/08

Hub City Prepares For Another Blackout at Jones Stadium

On Saturday, the nation's eyes again will be on Texas Tech as they kick off against the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Coach Leach is once again calling for a "blackout".

This weekend's big home game means big bucks for the Hub City. Nearly every hotel room in Lubbock is booked. Visit Lubbock tells NewsChannel 11 rooms are still open in Littlefield. They expect more than $7 million to filter into the Hub City this game weekend.

Meanwhile, in Raiderville, many students have braced the cold all week. But those in Raiderville are not the only ones preparing for another blackout. The Jones is sold out as many from the Hub City and farther come to watch the undefeated Red Raider take on OSU. "These are the hottest tickets in town," Rock 101 Program Director, Sean Dillon said.

Once again, Red Raider tickets are hard to find. At the same time, the talk on the airwaves also encourages all to wear black as Tech defends their number two standing in the BCS. "Let's make it ever more intimidating as Texas Tech goes to roll on with yet another win," Dillon said.

This week, Raiderville has a new a sign and while the population from the more than 2,000 from the Texas game has dropped, spirits are still strong. To help battle Mother Nature's cold temperatures students brought in heaters and blankets.

Also new this week, there is a student wristband system. "Last we got a little hectic people running up cutting in line making some people made so trying to work a system out. We got a wrist ban system," Hance said.

On Friday afternoon Texas Tech Chancellor, Kent Hance toured some of the Raiderville improvements. "We made some improvements this week, the TV, X-Box, and the couch. My buddy went and bought that for $9," Senior Clayton Carnley said. "$9? I think he may have paid a little too much," joked Hance.

Chancellor Hance tells us he stopped by Raiderville last week, and wanted to do the same this week. "These kids are going to be able to solve problems. If I'm in business and when they graduate I'll hire them," Hance said.

Hance was so impressed he tells us he may get involved in the local government. "I don't know, I might run for Mayor." "Of Raiderville?" we asked.  "Yeah," Hance said. 

Saturday's game is sold out. Last week 500 people fell victim to a ticket scam, so university officials warn if you did not get your tickets from the Tech Ticket office, it is buyer beware.

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