Not every Texas Tech fan will be able to make the trip to Boston, Mass. at the end of the week to see the Red Raiders face off against Purdue in the Sweet Sixteen of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
So of course, students and fans alike in Lubbock are eager to attend any watch parties on Friday night as their team competes for a spot in the Elite Eight.
Unfortunately, the best venue for any school-sponsored watch party in Lubbock — the United Supermarkets Arena, where Texas Tech plays its regular season home games — is already booked for a concert on Friday night at 7 p.m. CT.
But that’s not stopping the team from trying to put together some sort of festivity on or around the Texas Tech campus during the game. The team tweeted out on Tuesday that an “alternative solution” to a watch party in the arena is in the works and that an official announcement would be made once a venue is determined.
We’ve heard y’all in regards to a watch party for Friday night’s #Sweet16 game.
There is a concert at the USA that night, but @CoachBeardTTU is working on an alternative solution! Thank you for the enthusiasm, and we’ll let you know the second we have something! #WreckEm #4To1 pic.twitter.com/UOT9rqqkbC
— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) March 20, 2018
So where could it be? Well, there are certainly a few fans who’d like it to be under the nighttime sky at the home of Texas Tech football — Jones AT&T Stadium.
We should go wherever this gif is. Looks kinda neat. pic.twitter.com/f2fJRRqI8t
— Duncan (@AdmiralSinclair) March 20, 2018
— Hailey (@haileybuegeler) March 20, 2018
Everybody to the Jones!!!
— Jayden Ramirez Ŧ (@mostcurvedjay) March 20, 2018
A high of 89 degrees and a low of 54 degrees Fahrenheit is in the forecast for Lubbock on Friday, so it certainly wouldn’t bee too uncomfortable if they ended up getting their wish — even if a little unlikely.
So keep an eye out, Red Raiders fans — a party appears to be in the works, and that might just be the start if Texas Tech punches its ticket one step closer to the Final Four.
Texas Tech and Purdue are tentatively set for tip-off at 8:57 p.m. CT at TD Garden in Boston. West Virginia and Villanova play immediately before on the same court at 6:57 p.m. CT.