A shot of Raiderville

A shot of Raiderville

Sept. 14, 2010

Written by: Kerry Lentz

With one of the most highly anticipated football games of the season just days away, the city of Raiderville has been resurrected as students eagerly wait for their beloved Red Raiders to take the field at Jones AT&T Stadium against the Texas Longhorns on Saturday at 7 p.m.

In order to get the best seat possible, students have set up camp for the annual Raiderville. Raiderville was founded in 2008, when students camped outside of the southeast gate entrance of Jones AT&T Stadium starting the Sunday before the much awaited game against Texas. Residents of Raiderville were often visited by Texas Tech coaches and players throughout the week.

Last year, students brought back Raiderville when Oklahoma came to town. Due to construction on the East side of the stadium, the original location of Raiderville was unavailable and moved to it's current location at the fields southwest of the Exercise Studies Center on campus.

Students who camped out at Raiderville last year have returned with more friends and more excitement. Among these students is sophomore exercise sports sciences major from Azle, Texas, Ben Hinckley, who was a Raiderville resident last year. "I did Raiderville last year for the Oklahoma game and I had a good enough time to where I wanted to come back for the third one," Hinckley said. "I just remember last year it was a very good atmosphere, we had guys coming around playing football, everyone was just chilling and sharing the love for the game of football in general."

Also returning to Raiderville for the second time is sophomore chemical engineering major from Amarillo, Kelby Imel. Coming to Raiderville to camp and have a fun time with his friends, Imen said he hopes to get a good spot for the game Saturday.

"I know we have a good chance to win," Imel said. "Taylor Potts is doing really well this year... our defense is playing better than it has in the past. Tuberville has brought in a different type of scheme and is making us look a little better." Raiderville has over 800 residents and continues to grow daily. Residents of Raiderville can expect to be visited by numerous coaches and athletes including head football coach, Tommy Tuberville, throughout the week.

By Red Raider fans creating this community, Raiderville has helped to generate a buzz around campus that is only going to excite and pump up the football team for the "big game" Saturday.

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