New Expansion Plan for Texas Tech Jones AT&T Stadium - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/7/08

New Expansion Plan for Texas Tech Jones AT&T Stadium

Texas Tech's Jones AT&T Stadium is getting a make-over...well, half of it is. Tech announced Thursday Jones AT&T Stadium will be expanded by the 2010 football season.

"It will allow us to be in a position that we will have the best stadium of anywhere around, so we are very proud of it," said Chancellor Kent Hance.   

A $25 million expansion project will even Tech's football stadium out.  The east side of the stadium will be expanded to look like the west side. 

"This is just one of the things that is going to make Texas Tech one of the best places in the country for students to come and live and study and have a good time. We really think it will add to the quality of life for our students and we're very, very proud to be part of this," said Texas Tech President Guy Bailey. 

The school has already set aside $19 million for the project and is planning on fund-raising the last six million. 

"We want all the red raiders throughout this area and throughout this state to do everything they can to help us with this expansion," said Hance.    

The east side will add an additional 500 club seats, more than 20 suites, and 1,000 stadium seats. 

"It may not be the biggest stadium, but it will be a stadium that will help us attract top athletes.  It will also help us to attract staff members, faculty and be a facility that anyone associated with Texas Tech will be very proud," said Texas Tech Athletic Director Gerald Myers. 

Texas Tech hopes to have the funds by the end of this year's football season, and have the east side completed by next year's season.

"A credit to the players, the coaches, and the quality of people involved that have allowed us to have football revenue at an all time high," said head football coach Mike Leach.

But the upcoming expansion isn't the only plan for the stadium.  The next phase is set to add up to 15,000 seats in the north end. 

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