Jones AT&T Stadium Expansion Officially Underway

Groundbreaking ceremony kicks off construction on new addition.

A groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 29 officially kicked off the expansion of the east side of Texas Tech University's Jones AT&T Stadium. The $25 million facility will mirror the Spanish Renaissance style of the stadium's west side. The addition will add more than 500 club seats and 26 new suites. The new building is expected to open for the 2010 season. "We've accomplished a great deal in a short amount of time and it is due to Red Raider fans far and wide," said Kent Hance, chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. "We are grateful for the support of every single individual who contributed to this project." About $28 million has been raised since the fund raising initiative began in August. The success of the campaign will allow the extra money to fund the north end zone expansion which will add more seats for students.  University officials are still planning this next phase and hope to make announcements soon. "Finishing out the north end of the stadium will allow us to keep pace with our growing student population and fan demand for season tickets," Hance said. "We want to continue to build on the success we've had raising money to complete the east side of the stadium." Completing the east side construction will give Texas Tech one of the most attractive football facilities in the country. "Jones AT&T is one of the most fan-friendly stadiums in intercollegiate football," said Gerald Myers, Texas Tech athletic director. "It is a stadium of which students, fans and alumni can be proud. We greatly appreciate the donors who have made the east side expansion possible." Suites and club seats are available by contacting Steve Uryasz or Amy McBride at the Red Raider Club at (806) 742-1196.

CONTACT: Andrea Long Tirey, Texas Tech director of athletic development, (806) 742-1785 ext. 231 or