LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas Tech will play football in the Metroplex for the next two years.
Texas Tech has wanted to play at least one game a year in Dallas for a while, but talks with A&M fell apart and nothing was ever finalized with Oklahoma State. Now, they've finally come to an agreement with Baylor, but it's only for the next two years.
In 2009, Tech and Baylor will play in the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Then, in 2010 they'll meet at the Cotton Bowl Stadium.
This move is beneficial for Tech because there are an estimated 50,000 Texas Tech alumni in the Dallas area. There are also more than 100 high schools in the Metroplex, so having a game there could help Tech recruit top players.
However, this decision is not good for everyone. Local hotels and restaurants will have one less home game for the next two years to boost their business. "I think it absolutely affects business. It's something that you anticipate as far as the economy here in Lubbock locally, and of course the bar and restaurant businesses," said Adam Lunsford, Assistant Manager of Crickets Bar and Grill.
Tickets for this season's game at the Cowboys' stadium are $100 for club seats; $60 for lower bowl seats; $40 for upper bowl seats; and $25 for Texas Tech and Baylor students.
Texas Tech recently completed the most successful regular season in school history with an 11-1 record and a share of the Big 12 Conference South Division title. The Red Raiders placed four players on All-America first teams last season and created some of the most memorable moments in the program's history. Tech recorded its first win over a top-ranked opponent, when it knocked off Texas, 39-33, in Lubbock and boasted single-season records in wins (11) and conference wins (7).
Texas Tech and Baylor have a long-standing tradition against one another with the Red Raiders leading 34-32-1. Texas Tech has won each meeting with Baylor, since the two teams joined the Big 12 Conference in 1996. The Bears' last win was a 9-7 victory in Waco in 1995.
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