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8/29/03

Tech Ready, but Stadium Not Finished

The clock is ticking as construction workers put the finishing touches on the newly revamped Jones SBC stadium. At this point, Tech officials are saying the stadium won't be done by Saturday night, but it will be ready.

The excitement of Big 12 football gets a shot in the arm this year with the $50 million addition to the west side of Jones SBC stadium. "Well, this is not your average college football season for us," says Texas Tech Associate Athletic Director of Operations Ron Damron. A season promising to provide great views if nothing else.

The club level, suites and press box are all brand new this year. "From 12,000 square feet to 175,000 square feet," says Damron.

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Work will continue on the west side of the stadium for a few more weeks. The entire project should be complete by the A&M game October 4th. And the fans appear poised and ready as well. At the Tech ticket office, there's been a steady stream of sales all day. 43,000 tickets sold at this point. Tech officials are hoping for a packed house.

Also, expect to walk around several fenced off construction zones again this year. And, expect tight security like last year.

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