Tech Tailgaters Gear Up for First Home Game - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/14/02

Tech Tailgaters Gear Up for First Home Game

It's an old tradition for a new football season for the Red Raiders, and every year, die hard Raider fans come together for the same reasons.

"The school spirit, and everybody getting together to support the Red Raiders," says Jimmy Peterson, a Tech tailgater.

For some Raider fans, tailgating is just as important as the game itself.

"I got here at a quarter 'til 8:00, and I've been here ever since," says Tech tailgater Marvin White.

"We've been coming to Tech games since 1980, cause we used to live in Lubbock and moved to Houston," says avid Tech tailgater, Larry Hatfield of Houston.

Fans and alumni come together year after year to share their spirit for the team they love.

"Hang out with your friends, and go inside and back the Raiders," says Nathan Morris.

"Friends, everything else is secondary as long as friends show up. That's what makes it special," says Peterson.

"We just have a good time seeing our friends we haven't seen in a long time. That's the best part of it," says Trent Booher.

But some say the best part is the food.

"We've got 50 pounds of bratwurst and 50 pounds of Italian sausage," says White.

"Nice cold beverages, adult beverages, as well as Coca-Colas and lemonade for the kids," says Peterson.

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