• Comment

Fans flock to Texas Tech spring game in record numbers

Fans stand in line that wraps the stadium to meet Kingsbury

Posted: April 20, 2013 - 9:57pm  |  Updated: April 21, 2013 - 12:30am
Back | Next
A line forms to have Texas Tech's head coach Kliff Kingsbury sign autographs after the Texas Tech Spring Game in Lubbock Saturday. (Stephen Spillman)
A line forms to have Texas Tech's head coach Kliff Kingsbury sign autographs after the Texas Tech Spring Game in Lubbock Saturday. (Stephen Spillman)
Get your A-J Media Digital Subscription now!

The football field inside Jones AT&T Stadium is a little more than 53 yards wide, but that wasn’t enough space to contain the line of fans waiting to get Kliff Kingsbury’s autograph after Texas Tech’s spring game on Saturday.

Not even close.

Kingsbury sat underneath a red canopy on the east side of the field, and fans lined up along the south 45-yard line, all the way past the west sideline, to the west wall of the stadium, then back up to the north 5-yard line.

“We feel like it’s one of our own coming back to lead this thing,” said long-time Red Raider fan Justin McGraw, who tailgated for his seventh consecutive Tech spring game. “I really expect to see that hardcore Tech football excitement to be back.”

The excitement surrounding the football team continues to rise. Tech set a spring game attendance record Saturday with 16,116 fans, many of whom were there to see Kingsbury and the Red Raiders in action for the first time this spring.

Another long-time fan, Lubbock native Santos Perez, has also been a regular at past Red Raiders spring games, and he agreed this year was different.

“I think the spring game was a whole lot better than what it has been in years before because Kliff wants to be here and we’re all excited to see how the new team is going to come out this year,” Perez said.

Perez showed up three hours before the 1 o’clock kickoff to join family members that arrived at the stadium much earlier to find parking spots. McGraw said fans arrived before 7 a.m. to secure the spaces closest to the west side of the stadium.

“I don’t think a lot of folks give us credit on the environment of our stadium,” McGraw said. “Anybody that’s gone to a game at Kyle Field or down in Austin, yeah they are huge stadiums. They seat a lot of people, they’ve got all their traditions and all the crazy stuff they do during the games ... but I’ve been to both of those stadiums many times, been on the field in both of those stadiums, and our atmosphere compares 100 percent, if not more, to any of them.”

The atmosphere inside the stadium wasn’t quite that of a home game, but for a glorified scrimmage, the 16,000-plus fans were alive.

“(Tommy) Tuberville came along and we all tried to get on board, but he never really built that electricity with the program,” McGraw said. “Now with Kliff back, being a former Red Raider player, being a Tech alum, I think there’s a lot more spirit behind it. There’s really a lot more electricity behind it.”


• 766-8735

Follow Landon on Twitter


  • Comment
Comments (9) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.

let's face it

16,000 people didn't attend to watch a practice game, they came to watch the head coach walk on water! A reckoning is going to take place this Fall when REAL football begins and UT, OSU, Baylor, OU, etc. are the opposition. Where football is really played they had a few more people for the scrimmage; Auburn 83K, Ohio State 81K, Alabama 78K, Neb. 60K, UT 46K, OU 30K. You get the picture.


@ Wichita65

Everyone is just trying to show support and get back to a better situation. Also the other teams you mentioned have over a million people within an hour of the stadium. That is not the case for Lubbock.

Nobody in their right mind will talk smack about this next season for Texas Tech, but I'm willing to bet there are some surprises in store for the future if we retain the current coaching staff for longer than a few years.


Both have valid points.

I went just because I had nothing pressing to do, and it was a nice afternoon.

Considering there were only 16-17 thousand there, the parking and traffic situation was horrendous, a complete amateur nightmare.

Almost as big a joke as hiring Tubby Smith.

Then, I'm listening to my radio, and the evil kh@nceollor is yapping about something during the baseball game.

No wonder we are the only Big 12 school that hasn't won a title in any the major sports. I almost understand why my traitor son is a UT fan.



Pete.......I am sick of you nay sayers!!! If you don't like Texas Tech both as a school of academics or sports,then we don't need your whining!! Go with your son and be a UT fan!! We'll have someone to replace you when you leave!! As for wichita 65 follow pete....and his son to Austin and don't let the door slam your ... on the way out!!! We'll have another true Double T fan to take your place,too!!!


why leave

I'm not a UT fan skinguy, get over it. Just making a point about spring game attendance. By the way, since Tech's game was free, one would have to think the bean counters got the attendance pretty close. No tickets to give away at Plains Bank, United, etc. to inflate attendance figures like they do when the season starts.


That a way...

Skinman3! Some people are never happy about anything. We have some coaching changes and are trying to get things rolling the right direction and a few people try to get attention by being negative. Real Tech fans are willing to give the coaches a chance.


Sorry, I didn't realize that Kliff ...

... was out in the parking lot directing traffic. Morons. If your lazy rear-ends had been out there supporting the team, you'd know what I was talking about.


@ Pete

I know what you're talking about as far as parking but I don't think it's too big of a deal. Although I did get a dang parking ticket. I'm going to appeal it because it's ridiculous.


I realize they didn't treat it like a sell-out, and many ...

... people came out late after the weather was better, but that amount of gridlock for 16,000 people was ridiculous. Sorry about your getting a ticket. Had they given us the courtesy of treating it like a real game, that wouldn't have happened. Bush league operation is being too kind. That's not how you treat your fans, even if they are not big donors, or are there for free.

Back to Top