Texas Tech is located in Texas, so football season is huge. Spirit is shown in the windows of buildings around town, and on game days the town is desolate because everybody is on the Tech campus tailgating. By not getting outside during a game day in Lubbock, you will be missing out on so much more than a football game. If the smell of the barbecue doesn't get you out and about, the tailgates and the sounds of the Goin' Band have to be incentive. When it comes to basketball games, "Bobby Knight" is all that needs to be said. Although his son Pat Knight is sitting on the bench these days, Bobby Knight made the Tech basketball program one to watch. As for women's basketball, Tech has one of the top teams in the nation. The Lady Raiders are as closely followed as the men's team. The arena in which both teams play is large and therefore rarely sold out for either team's home games.
During each athletic season, students can work off their tailgating festivities by getting involved in one of the many intramural sports competitions. Football is the biggest intramural sport played and watched, followed closely by basketball. Even though teams are only playing for bragging rights, these competitions have been known to get intense. Tech sports are ones that people will follow and cheer for long after graduation day. The fact that Tech is a Big 12 school is a big deal. Being a part of such a popular conference makes the games that much more fun to watch, and it makes the students' love for Tech that much stronger.