LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech kicks off its 2020 season with a home game against Houston Baptist Saturday night.
Houston Baptist lost the first game of its season to North Texas 57-31 last Saturday. The Huskies finished their 2019 season with a 5-7 record, and a 2-6 record in Southland Conference play. Texas Tech went 4-8 overall and 2-6 in the Big 12.
Here’s what to look out for before the game.
Saturday, September 12 at 7 p.m. CT
Jones AT&T Stadium. Lubbock, TX.
How to watch
Countdown to kickoff
Be sure to watch David Collier, Eric Kelly and the rest of the crew on Red Raider Nation’s countdown to kickoff at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday on KAMC or streamed on EverythingLubbock.com.
Saturday will be the first meeting between Texas Tech and Houston Baptist.
Players to Watch
Houston Baptist: QB Bailey Zappe. Zappe looked good in HBU’s opener against UNT, throwing for 480 yards and three touchdowns. in 2019 he threw 35 touchdowns for the Huskies.
LB Caleb Johnson. Johnson had a monster 2019 season, putting up 104 tackles and six sacks. He looks no worse in 2020, pacing the Huskies with 12 tackles in their opener.
Texas Tech: QB Alan Bowman. Bowman is looking to show what he can do in a full season after getting injured the last two years.
DE Eli Howard. Howard is poised to be the best Red Raider defender in 2020 after a productive junior season.
Texas Tech Game Notes
Below are notes that Texas Tech sent out for fans who plan to attend Saturday’s game.
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR SATURDAY
Tickets for Saturday’s game are still available through the Texas Tech Ticket Office. Fans can purchase tickets either by visiting the online ticket portal at TexasTech.com or by calling 806-742-TECH. The Tech Ticket Office will open its main location on the east side of Jones AT&T Stadium beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday. As a precaution, Texas Tech will only allow three guests into its main ticket office location at a time Saturday. Fans can also visit the two other box office locations located near gates 1 and 3 of the stadium (northwest and southwest corners).
TEXAS TECH MOVES TO 100 PERCENT MOBILE TICKETING | FAQ
Texas Tech will begin utilizing mobile tickets beginning this season as fans should have already received an email to download their tickets for Saturday’s game. Fans are highly encouraged to download their tickets to their Apple Wallet or Google Pay account prior to their departure to the stadium. Texas Tech will provide mobile hotspots near several stadium entrances free of change for fans to download their tickets prior to entry. For additional questions pertaining to mobile tickets, please contact the Texas Tech Ticket Office at 806-742-TECH.
ORDER FROM YOUR PHONE, PICK UP ON THE CONCOURSE | CONCESSIONS MAP
Texas Tech has helped make ordering from concession stands even easier this season through a mobile ordering system. Fans can order online at texastech.ordernext.com or by using the Texas Tech Red Raiders iOS or Android apps to pickup at one of eight designated mobile order location on the concourse (delivery is not an option). There are no additional costs for mobile orders.
PARKING LOTS TO OPEN THREE HOURS PRIOR TO KICKOFF SATURDAY
Texas Tech will open parking lots beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday as part of new parking and tailgating guidelines for this season. All Texas Tech sponsored tailgating events, including Raider Alley and all corporate tailgates, have been canceled for this season in accordance with the state order for outdoor gatherings. Texas Tech will not permit any tailgating activity prior to 4 p.m. Saturday. Tents larger than 10’ by 10’ will not be permitted, and all tailgating should be limited to no more than 10 people. Fans who have not already purchased donor parking for this season should utilize the free public parking lots for this season, which can be found at the map below.
CITIBUS TO OPERATE SHUTTLE SERVICE FOR FANS
Citibus will provide roundtrip shuttle service beginning three hours prior to kickoff until one hour after the conclusion of the game at only $5 per person. Pick-up is located north of the John Walker Soccer Complex (Texas Tech Parkway & 10th Street) and northwest of Health Sciences Center (ADA Only, Texas Tech Parkway & 5th Street).
ADDITIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES FOR 2020
Texas Tech will require face coverings for all fans who enter Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday. All fans and staff ages 10 and above will be required to wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth completely. Face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing, and fans are asked to keep a safe distance between their party and other fans inside and outside of the stadium.
Fans are asked to please enter through the gate indicated on their mobile ticket and follow signage to their seat. Stadium seating has been adjusted to ensure social distancing. Hand sanitizing dispensers will be located in the men’s and women’s restrooms as well as heat management stations on the concourse.
Premium areas will open at 5 p.m. Saturday followed at 5:30 p.m. by all other gates for the bowl seating area. The Goin’ Band from Raiderland will begin its pregame routine around 6:50 p.m. Saturday night.
TEXAS TECH RE-ENTRY POLICY
Re-entry into Jones AT&T Stadium will not be permitted throughout the 2020 season. Fans must have a new ticket for admission back into the stadium.
TEXAS TECH TO PROVIDE HEAT MANAGEMENT STATIONS ON CONCOURSE
Fans will once again be allowed to bring an unopened 20 ounce (or less) bottle of water into any outdoor athletics venue on campus this year. Please note that frozen water will not be allowed through the stadium gates. Empty cups, opened bottles and other drinking containers other than 20 ounce (or less) bottles will not be permitted as well.
Texas Tech has installed water stations at its two heat management stations located near gates 3 and 6 to provide water refills and cold towels. These stations will be sanitized throughout the game and will be only available for select games as needed.
NO SMOKING OR VAPING ALLOWED INSIDE JONES AT&T STADIUM
Jones AT&T Stadium is a smoke-free facility (includes electronic cigarettes and vaping). There are no smoking areas within the stadium. Fans wishing to smoke outside the stadium will need a new ticket for admission.
CLEAR BAG POLICY
Texas Tech’s clear bag policy will remain in effect for all athletic venues during the 2019-20 athletic year. Fans will be able to bring the following style and size bag or package into the venue:
· Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.”
· One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
· Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the venue with one of the clear plastic bags.
· An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection.
· Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be permitted into Jones AT&T Stadium.
For additional information regarding gameday policies at Jones AT&T Stadium, please visit our Gameday Guide.