LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - You can feel the excitement all around Lubbock as Texas Tech game day inches closer.
If you can't enjoy the game from the Jones AT&T Stadium, don't worry. There are plenty of places in town you can watch the game with a big crowd.
The area around campus and the stadium will be packed Saturday, which means a great business boom for nearby restaurants.
Spanky's says they expect to be filled with fans throughout the day and into the game. Of course every TV will have the game playing and they hope for an exciting atmosphere. They also plan to stay open late after the game based on the crowd.
"It's very energetic," Operations Manager Barbara Deason said. "It is a great thing for Lubbock. We always look forward to all of the students coming back and we also look forward to a lot of the parents in town because it really picks up the business in this area."
Several Lubbock movie theaters are offering a different way to view the game.
Alamo Drafthouse will show every game, both home and away, in one of their 140 seat theaters. They say fans will be able to cheer as loud as they would at the Jones.
"You're allowed to scream, you're allowed to yell, it will be just like you're at the game. You'll get really that kind of environment, that hype and that feeling of being at the game," Lead Programmer Michael Harper said.
Those tickets will be free at the box office or $5 online to reserve a seat. That $5 can be used towards any food and drink purchase.
The website is https://drafthouse.com/lubbock.
Premiere Cinemas at the mall will also have one theater dedicated to the game. This is free admission, and tickets will be available starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. Seating starts at 6 p.m.