UT tailgaters flood the streets of Downtown Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s a new season, and in the eyes of many fans, a new era. Texas Longhorns fans were out in full force for the first game of the season. Many arrived early on Saturday to tailgate, others parking overnight. While some of the traditional tailgate locations have had to move due to construction, waves of burnt orange and white still swept through the streets of Downtown Austin.

“Now there’s a new change and a new attitude here,” said Longhorns fan, Xavier Ramirez. “The people are feeling it, and hopefully it carries on the football field.”

When asked to describe the atmosphere, Ramirez said it was simply ‘happy.’ He and others are optimistic about this season and the new coach.

KXAN also spoke with a fan excited to attend a Longhorns game for the first time.

“Ecstatic, I’ve never been to one of these and I’ve always wanted to come,” said Brittany Young. She’s been waiting 15 years to come to a game.

“Honestly, it’s kind of like going to Nascar,” said Young. “Just the adrenaline, just the amp, just everything. Seeing people walk around having fun, it’s awesome!”

And as the streets cleared out for the game, other Austin staples like Pluckers, filled up. The general manager says there was a line out the door since they opened.

UT officials say 93,201 people attended Saturday’s game, meaning the stadium had nearly 7,000 seats left empty. However if the score of the first game is any indication of what’s to come, it may indeed be the start of a new era.

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