Midnight Raiders: A Time Honored Tradition

(VIDEO) As the Red Raiders wrap up the final home football game of the season, so do the Midnight Raiders.

Midnight Raiders begins at 7 p.m. each Thursday night prior to all home football games.

Members of the Saddle Tramps wrap the statue with red crepe paper so that it is completely red for the final day of classes and for gameday. Once the statue is wrapped, the traditional bell circle is formed and all fans in attendance are able to participate. The Saddle Tramps along with other Tech students then tie red and black crepe paper all throughout campus to complete the event.

The Will Rogers Statue is located next to Memorial Circle in the heart of the Texas Tech campus.

Saddle Tramps

The Saddle Tramps was organized in the Fall of 1936 by Head Cheerleader Arch Lamb. The group was conceived to help channel the student body's sometimes overly exuberant and unruly nature into more positive and productive activities.

Saddle Tramps attend all mens home football, basketball and baseball games. The primary focus remains to further the spirit and uphold the traditions of Texas Tech University. Some of the traditions that maintain are: Raider Red, wrapping of Will Rogers and Midnight Raiders, Homecoming Bonfire and Parade, bell circles, Victory Bells, shotguns, UT/A&M Watch, Carol of Lights, Bangin Bertha and many more.

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