Attend A Texas Tech Red Raiders Home Game – A Unique and Special American Experience In Lubbock, Texas
Lubbock, Texas is well known for its art scene, delicious food, and charming boutiques. But, like any other Texas city, the people of Lubbock take their football VERY serious. Especially their pride and joy, the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Go Raiders!
I will be the first to admit that I do not follow football, nor could I even tell you half of the rules of the game. But, being an eager traveler and lover of all new things, I was more than happy to attend my very first football game this year when I traveled to Lubbock, Texas. And, to say I was blown away by the Texas Tech game would be a complete understatement. Where has college football been all my life?
When I arrived at Jones AT&T Stadium for the Texas Tech game, I was shocked by the size of the stadium, which seats over 60,000 people. And here’s a fun fact – the Texas Tech football stadium also has one of the largest Jumbotrons in the country!
Even before the seats were full, the air was thick with excitement and pride. Texas Tech students, alumni, and dedicated fans began packing into the seats, dressed in Raiders red apparel from head to toe to support their team.
Before the Red Raiders game even kicked off, I already had made the discovery that football is really just a portion of what “Texas Football” is all about. Football isn’t just a sport in Texas, it’s a sense of community, history, and all around pride that is nearly impossible to put into words. You don’t have to be an avid football fan to enjoy a Texas Tech football game.
When I arrived at the Texas Tech football game, I was lucky enough to get a front row seat to all the excitement, and literally got to walk out on to the football field. I also got to check out the VIP skyboxes and take in the breathtaking view from several feet up in the air. I was mesmerized by the sea of Texas Tech colors, flags, cheerleaders, and the Red Raiders mascot.
Not only was my trip to AT&T Jones Stadium my very first football game, but it was also the very first time I saw a real life, Texas Ranger, up close and in person!
As intriguing as it was to see a football game for the first time up close and in person, the Texas Tech halftime show was by far the highlight of my trip to Lubbock, Texas. TV shows and movies have carried on the Texas football lore for decades, but it’s even better in person.
The award-winning Texas Tech marching band took over the field and was so large that they actually covered the entire field. Their music was crisp and precise, and got the crowd pumped! Of course, the band was really just the tip of the iceberg, the entire performance also included baton twirlers, acrobatics, and a real-life horse! Any football team that parades horses on to the field automatically gets a win in my book. Honestly, the Texas Tech halftime show had better choreography than some of the Broadway shows that I have attended.
When I returned home from my trip, my husband was eager to hear all about my vacation in Texas. He was shocked when I went on and on about the Texas Tech football game and halftime show because a football game is the last place any of my friends or family would expect to see me. I was so infatuated with the Lubbock Texas football scene, I have already been checking out tickets online to catch another game.
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Disclosure: Although I was provided with the tours of Lubbock they were for review purposes, no compensation was received for this post. The opinions in this post are 100% mine.