Atmosphere

If you enjoy tailgating, then you’ll love your trip to Texas Tech. Red Raiders fans are big time tailgaters as football and tailgating are a big part of the Texas Tech college experience. The fans here love to show off their Red Raiders pride, so on game day you’ll find a sea of Red and Black all around Lubbock.

When you see fellow Red Raiders fans make sure to put up your guns to let every know who you root for. Red Raiders fans being Texans are very friendly and welcoming to fans as you’ll make friends quickly with those around you as long as you are wearing red and black. People may, however, give you a bit of a hard time though if you support the visiting team, especially if they are a rival. Fear not though however as you’ll likely only experience light teasing here in Lubbock.

Don’t forget to check out the Raider Walk to get the most out of your tailgating experience. The Raider Walk tradition started during the 2010 season and gives fans the opportunity to greet the Red Raiders two hours and fifteen minutes before kickoff. The team and coaching staff are dropped off at the intersection of Canton Avenue and Drive of Champions before making their way to the stadium.

Here in Lubbock, you’ll find a variety of tailgating options that will surely fit your needs. If you’re looking to set up your own tailgate, then the lots around the stadium are a great place to be, however, if you aren’t up for all that goes into creating a tailgate party then Raider Alley is a great alternative. At Raider Alley, you’ll find a ton of food and drink options that will surely leave you satisfied in your pregame experience. Regardless of where you tailgate before a Red Raiders game, you’ll surely have a great time.

Traditions

Raider Walk

The Raider Walk tradition started during the 2010 season and gives fans the opportunity to greet the Red Raiders two hours and fifteen minutes before kickoff. The team and coaching staff are dropped off at the intersection of Canton Avenue and Drive of Champions before making their way to the stadium

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Wrapping Will Rogers and Soapsuds

Sitting at the main entrance of the Texas Tech campus is a statue of Will Rogers and his favorite horse Soapsuds “riding into the sunset.” Members of the all-male spirit organization entitled the Saddle Tramps to wrap the statue with red and black crepe paper before every home football game so be sure to stop by on a Saturday game day and get your picture with the statue as many Texas Tech fans do.

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Raider Alley

If you’re interested in some family friendly tailgating than Raider Alley is where you’ll want to be. It’s located on the southwest side of the Frazier Alumni Pavilion and offers food and live music for three hours before kickoff. Stop by Raider Alley to grab a quick drink or bite to eat.

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Masked Rider Statue

When attending a Red Raiders game make sure to stop by the Masked Rider statue and grab a picture. The bronze statue is surrounded by bricks engraved with the names of former masked riders and is a great way to pay tribute to those who have served as this iconic mascot.

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