Red Raider fans beat the heat as temps soar to 107 degrees

Updated: Jun. 1, 2018 at 10:13 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Friday's high temperature tied the record at 107 degrees. The temperature peaked around 2:45 p.m., a few innings into the Texas Tech - New Mexico State game.

University and stadium staff rolled out some new strategies to try and keep the fans cool.

For one, they provided water refueling stations.

"This is the first time that they've put these water tanks for the first baseball game this season. I've seen people come up with like four water bottles at once to keep them cool. So I think that's been the main difference I'd say."

Nirvana Cardenas, who works at the clothing kiosk the Matador, tells KCBD fans got to the game early to find a spot in the shade.

"We actually got here at 10:30 this morning to make sure that we would get in the shade," said Debbie Corkery, a long-time Red Raider fan.

Frozen towels were also handed out during the game to fans for them to put around their heads and necks to keep cool.

Another long-time Red Raider fan, John Gibson, spoke with us about these towels.

"Before the game ever started, of course there was quite a few people sitting in the stands caught in the heat and some of the... I'm not sure if they were EMT or just staff members, brought towels around that had been in the freezer a while that were nice and cold and wet to make sure everybody was at least staying cool."

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