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Wind damage forces evacuations at Jones Stadium


Concerns about high winds forced an evacuation of offices around Jones Stadium on Thursday afternoon. Portions of University Avenue around the stadium have been closed.

Some stadium lights were damaged by the wind. South Endzone offices, the Athletic Training Facility and the Football Training Facility were evacuated.

At 8 a.m. Friday morning, Texas Tech University will be calling in a crew and a crane to safely take down the light and evaluate its stability to make it is as safe as possible if this should happen again.

"One of our employees from the football training facility noticed that we had an issue with the light in the southeast corner of the stadium. We immediately notified university police and other officials on campus and they came over and did a quick assessment," said Blayne Beal, spokesman for Texas Tech University.

Beal says safety is Texas Tech's number one priority.

"This is not anything we've ever dealt with before so it's obviously something that we're going to look into once the weather calms down and we can get through this situation," he said.

Even tow trucks came to the rescue in response to fear that cars would get crushed.

Tech student Raphael said he was shocked to find his car was not in the stall where he left it. However, he is thankful that the university was looking out for his vehicle.

"It just got towed. I just parked it over there but apparently it's over there because of the lights," he said.

Beal says the vehicles were given back to their owners and the tow services were taken care of.

Beal wants everyone to know they are monitoring the situation very closely but want people to stay away from the area.

6th Street between University Avenue and Drive of Champions should be avoided during repairs.

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