Tech Stadium Expansion Plans A Go - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/13/08

Tech Stadium Expansion Plans A Go

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Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance says the school is close to meeting fundraising goals to expand the east side of Jones AT&T Stadium. We first told you about this addition last month. Saturday, Hance spoke to the home crowd about the improvements.

The chancellor was clearly excited about this project and the growth of his university as a whole. This project, slated to start at the end if the school year is just one of three the stadium will see in the next decade.  "I would say over the next ten years it'll be up to about 65,000 fans and that'll be a big plus for us. It allows us to earn more money to pay for what we're actually building," said Hance.

Jones AT&T Stadium, compared to other stadiums, is fairly small holding about 53,000 fans. "The east side expansion, we're going to spend $25 Million to upgrade that," said Hance.

Hance says the school has raised $20 Million of that. Most recently with a $1 million dollar donation from Plains Capital Bank. The other $5 million is still in the works but the project will start at the end of this school year for a completion slated for next fall.

"It's going to make the east side look like the west side. It'll give us some balance. It'll give us some additional club seats which are sold out now and give us another level of suites which are sold out now," Hance said.

In the next decade this will be the first of three projects.  Hance said, "Our next objective would be to finish the north end and build some club seats there and everything but that's something that's probably four or five years down the road and then the last would be the south end."

And that will complete the bowl and changing the face of the stadium as a whole.

A concern of some is parking. Will this new addition take away from the already limited parking outside the stadium? The chancellor says no. This new addition will only take 25 to 30 spots away.

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