This week’s game against TCU will be the first played on a Thursday in over 20 years. Although it’ll bring a tremendous amount of national attention to the school it’s also bringing lots of changes, some that are frustrating fans.
Kevin Noles and his family will be moving their annual tailgate from the Jones to their backyard this Thursday.
School will resume as scheduled forcing parking and tailgating lot changes at Jones AT&T Stadium.
"It's kind of dissaponiting because we pay a lot of money and so you look forward to it all year," said Noles. "You get six games and now we're getting one taken away from us."
Noles said there's not enough time to have a tailgate since lots won't open until 4 pm.
"It's almost impossible to even set up," said Noles.
Blayne Beal with Tech's Athletic Department understands folks frustration, but is asking for some slack.
"Just be patient with us," said Beal. "Know that there are a lot of challenges were having to work through."
Beal said free parking will be switched from the John Walker Soccer Complex to the United Spirit Arena and will open at 5:30 pm.
For a closer spot you can pay to park in Rader Park.
For the tailgate lots they'll be switching from west of the United Spirit Arena to the John Walker Soccer Complex and will open at 4 pm.
Although Beal said it's taken long nights and lots of work to get ready for the conference opener he said it'll be worth it.
"We're very excited about it because the national attention that this game brings is tremendous," said Beal. "The added value it brings to our city and the attention ESPN will bring is invaluable so we're hoping for a full house all dressed in black."
"It's upsetting, but at thte same time It is what it is," said Noles. "Get the best tailgate out of it you can somehwere just make sure you're at the game."