TTU shows off new east side stadium expansion with ribbon cutting - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

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TTU shows off new east side stadium expansion with ribbon cutting

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - On the eve of Texas Tech's football home opener vs SMU, officials held a ribbon cutting to show off the new east side press box and stadium club seats. 

With the words, "One, two, three.  Go," from Chancellor Kent Hance, officials cut a red ribbon in front the new addition.

"It's just an exciting time, with a new coach, new team, and basically what looks like a new stadium," says Athletic Director Gerald Myers.  

"This is a great day for Texas Tech," says Hance.  "We've had a lot of exciting things in the history of Texas Tech.  But this is one of the most exciting."

It took $20 million, and adds 500 club seats, 26 new suites, along with a few new accents that give the new Jones all its bells and whistles. 

"You look at the stadium from the outside, it looks like a four-star hotel or something," says Texas Tech President Guy Bailey.  "If you go inside it doesn't look like what you expect a stadium to look like."  Bailey continues, "We have beautiful architecture, Spanish Renaissance architecture.  There is no place in the country that has a stadium this beautiful."

It's not just an improvement for Texas Tech athletics.  It's an improvement for Texas Tech University. 

Bailey says "We're moving rapidly for Tier 1 status.  We need for everyone in the country to know who we are."  Bailey says Sunday's "showcase," which is the home opener vs SMU, "couldn't be better for us especially in this facility."

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