Provided by Texas Tech Athletics
LUBBOCK, Texas – The roof of the Athletic Training Center (ATC) at Texas Tech University deflated on Thursday night due to Winter Storm Goliath. No one was injured. Lubbock received nearly 12 inches of snow earlier this week.
A large tear on the south side of the ATC, also known as The Bubble, caused the deflation early Thursday evening. Freezing temperatures and ice accumulation prevented the removal of snow and ice throughout the week.
Tech officials met early Friday morning to discuss options for the facility.
"Our foremost concern is the safety of our student athletes and staff who utilize the facility," Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said. "We will conduct a structural study to explore the extent of the damage and then decide on the feasibility of repairing it."
The ATC is scheduled to be torn down this spring and replaced with the Sports Performance Center, a new indoor complex for the football and track and field programs. Tech was scheduled to host three indoor meets this spring, as well as a high school meet.
The ATC was built in 1985. The facility received a new roof in 2015 as well as in 2000.