Tailgating at Texas Tech for the Game Against Stephen F. Austin

Raidergate takes over a parking lot near the Jones with 350 spots for tailgaters

Football has always been a big part of the weekend at Texas Tech but until 10 years ago there wasn't anywhere for students to tailgate so the student government created Raidergate.

A-J Avery, Activities Board Concert Coordinator at Texas Tech, said Raidergate provides a free space for students who want to tailgate before home games.

"The students come out and we provide a live band and music for them and it's just a really safe environment to come and get involved on game day and then it's awesome because they can leave their cars there and walk to the game and its just a lot of fun."

Avery also said Tech hires the Lubbock sheriffs department to handle the big crowds.

"They come out and patrol everything and of course that everyone that's drinking is of age and we ask that everything is put in a Raidergate cup which we provide."

John Mark Bernal, Associate Director for Activities, said there are 350 spaces in the Raidergate lot that students and clubs can reserve.

"We do 2 passes per individual student and 6 passes for each student organization... it just gives a good environment for their group to be out there and they can kind of get together, hang out and then they can all go over to the game together."

And if you don't have a car you can still join in on the fun.

"If you don't want to bring your car there and tailgate you're more than welcome to just walk around and hang out, listen to music, and get pumped up for the game."

Raidergate is in lot R-1 behind the Chemistry and Biology buildings at the cross streets of 15th & Detroit.

Raidergate starts at 2 pm for the September 7th game against Stephen F. Austin.

Everything you drink needs to be in the specified Raidergate cups they provide for you and glass bottles are prohibited so anything you bring in needs to be in cans or plastic bottles.

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