Texas Tech Announces Jones AT&T Stadium Expansion and Fund Drive

A $25 million expansion of the east side of Jones AT&T Stadium won approval from the Texas Tech Board of Regents Facilities Committee on Aug. 7. Following the vote, Texas Tech officials kicked off a fundraising initiative to secure the final funding for the new building.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Renderings of the east side stadium project are available at www.ttu.edu/stadium] A $25 million expansion of the east side of Jones AT&T Stadium won approval from the Texas Tech Board of Regents Facilities Committee today (Aug. 7). Following the vote, Texas Tech officials kicked off a fundraising initiative to secure the final funding for the new building. About $6 million is needed to complete the fundraising and begin construction on the new facility. About $19 million has already been raised. Officials expect to acquire the needed funds by the end of this football season. Construction will begin following the Red Raiders’ last home game on Nov. 29. “We are obviously very excited about the plans to expand the east side of the stadium,” said Kent Hance, Texas Tech University System chancellor. “With our football program in the national spotlight this season, now is the perfect opportunity to get all our friends and supporters behind this project.” The design of the new building will mirror the Spanish Renaissance style of the stadium’s west side. With the addition of more than 500 club seats and more than 20 new suites, capacity at Jones AT&T Stadium should grow by about 1,000 seats. Current capacity is 52,700. The new building is expected to open for the 2010 season. “The growth of Texas Tech in the last eight years has been astounding,” said Mike Leach, Red Raider head coach. “I don’t know of any school that has had the opportunity to expand its stadium three times in that period. A lot of credit has to go to the football players and coaches and athletics and to the university administration for our progress.” “The completion of the east side will make Jones AT&T Stadium one of the most attractive football facilities in the country,” said Gerald Myers, Texas Tech athletic director. “It will be a source of pride for students, alumni and fans.” Suites and club seats are available by contacting Steve Uryasz or Amy McBride at the Red Raider Club at (806) 742-1196.