UT fans thrown off by new tailgate location

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Tailgating this season has been tough for fans. The construction of the UT Dell Medical Center on Red River forced folks to relocate.

Like Pablo Reyes and his band of friends. His gang used to tailgate south of Mike A. Myers for 15 years. Saturday, they relocated near the LBJ Library.

“It was like home, we been there for so long, we knew exactly where we were going to be, you know exactly what you were going to do, you knew the people that are around you,” Reyes says.

The numbers of his group went downs since they moved. He says they would have around 40 and now are down to 25.

Not only is the crowd smaller, he now has a point person to get to a good spot around 5 a.m..

“The people that came over still are great we are still looking for some people cuz I think they are still figuring out where we moved to,” Reyes shares.

There are still a few people who can tailgate around the Red River area, like Michael Shiekh and his friends. They stay near the Erwin center, but say it is definitely quieter and smaller.

Shiekh says there are several streets that are shut down near Red River that made it easier for folks to access favorite spots. But now there are fewer numbers and less space.

“It’s a tighter squeeze for everybody it’s more difficult for people to set up,” Shiekh says.

Pablo just hopes he can keep his spot now that most people have relocated to the LBJ area.

“Maybe next week when they play Cal, are we going to have to fight for this space or are we going to be able to get it?,” Reyes asks.

Construction is expected to be done in May of 2016.


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