LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The fate of the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium and Coliseum has been decided. After a 52 percent vote for Proposition A, the city will turn the facilities over to Texas Tech University.
So when will the city hold the last events in the buildings?
KCBD spoke with City Manager Jarrett Atkinson about what to expect.
"The facility, we still have a few committed or contracted events and certainly those will carry forward. There are non of those that extend past September. We will continue to maintain it and operate it for those limited events that are there and then have the transfer."
Atkinson tells KCBD that the Auditorium and Coliseum were costing the city about $628,000 each year. So where will those savings be seen?
"Remember that the Auditorium and Coliseum is kind of a sub-department of your Civic Center, so you'll probably see the impact inside of that budget."
There is no specific timetable yet for this transition process but Atkinson says the city and Texas Tech will be meeting in the next couple weeks to begin negotiations. Atkinson also says that eventually an agreement between the university and the city will be represented in a document, which the City Council will approve. He also says that the public will have advanced notice and be able to follow the process as it goes.