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Updated: Friday, September 6 2013, 10:19 PM MDT
EL PASO, Texas – The University of Texas at El Paso football season officially starts Saturday.
The Miners will take on the UNM Lobos, but if you're making your way out to this year's first home game, there are some changes you should be aware of.
"Tailgating and parking has actually improved this year, considering that there's a lot of changes going on on campus with construction," said Daniel Veale, director of marketing and promotions for UTEP Athletics.
There are now three lots south of the stadium garage, open and free to the public at the core of campus.
"Our tailgating and parking has actually opened up for the general public a lot," Veale said.
But not all agree.
"I don't really like them, as you can see. Because I don't know which way to go, on this side of the fence or on the other side, so I guess it's just a waiting game," said David Servin, a UTEP tailgater.
Servin said he's been coming out to tailgate with his trailer for the last 10 years or so.
"The RV lot is way more centrally located than it used to be at the south of campus. It's now located in the Rudolph parking lot across from the gym," Veale said.
And the prices of parking your RV have also changed.
"The prices went up just a little bit, like $10 only because there's only five home games this year instead of six," Veale said.
"If you want to get more families and friends together I mean, I would charge less," Servin said.
The changes happening aren't just outside of the stadium, they extend to the gridiron.
"As a coach, looking across and seeing teams in their white uniforms standing in the shade, while you're standing in the sun I always kind of said, 'I wonder why we can't be over there?'" said coach Sean Kugler.
The visiting team and home team have switched sides.
"The student section is located on the visitor side so we can, our students can rile up those players on the visiting team and just give them a hard time and have a lot of fun with that," Veale said.
Veale said on and off the field, fans will have a much better experience this year.
"Are you excited for this football season? Oh yes, I am. With a new coach, yeah," said Johnny Paniagua, another tailgater.
This year, Miner Alley will be located directly behind the Sun Bowl parking lot and bookstore.