LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - On May 5th, Lubbock citizens will be able to vote to abandon the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium and Coliseum. If citizens vote to abandon the property, Texas Tech will take it back, demolishing the building and building a new dormitory. Unfortunately for the American Business Club of Downtown Lubbock, who host the ABC Pro Rodeo annually, they may be without a venue if the vote goes through.
It is estimated the coliseum costs the city of Lubbock $700,000 per year. Without the building, ABC acknowledges that there isn't a suitable venue to host the ABC Rodeo.
Texas Tech University, the City of Lubbock, Lubbock County, and the Fair board have began discussions to possibly build an exposition center either in or around Lubbock for these types of events. The issue is with the time between the building of an expo center, if that is something that is feasible, and the abandoning of the coliseum.
If it does happen, the issue isn't with the city turning over the coliseum to Texas Tech, it's the timing. ABC is adamant they won't have enough time to find an alternate venue that can suit their needs by the time the coliseum would be abandoned.
Ray Short, a board chairman of ABC, tells KCBD, "I don't want to see it go away until we've got something in place or until the city or the county, the fairgrounds, or Texas Tech or whatever has something in place that we can continue our tradition of the ABC Rodeo for the Boys and Girls Club."