Jones AT&T Stadium is the home of Texas Tech football. Impressive is the word most used to describe the 50,500 seat bowl-shaped stadium that features a giant Double T scoreboard-message center. A new Astroturf playing surface was installed in 1988.
Since its opening in 1947, Jones AT&T Stadium has undergone continual expansion and renovation in order to keep it among the country's most attractive stadiums. Its bowl-shaped configuratiopn and large number of viewing areas make it a popular facility with the fans.
Clifford B. and Audrey Jones AT&T Stadium was opened in 1947 with Texas Tech's 14-6 victory over Hardin-Simmons. Original seating capacity of the stadium was 27,000. The stadium was enlarged to 41,500 in 1959, and brought to its present level in 1972.
The enlargement process in 1959 still is considered one of the most unique engineering feats ever attempted. The playing field was excavated to a depth of 28 feet and the stadium was widened eastward a distance of 226 feet. This was accomplished by pulling each section of stands on steel rollers along iron rails - more than 10 million pounds of concrete and steel.
The Raiders always have ranked high in the Southwest Conference in fan support. So rabid is the football interest that the Coaches All-America Football game was played in Lubbock from 1970 - 75. With such teams as Oklahoma, Nebraska and Colorado coming into Jones AT&T Stadium in the near future, it's a good bet Red Raider tickets will continue to be hot items.
For elaborate locker room facilities, it's tough to beat Texas Tech. Red Raider coaches and players take great pride in their dressing complex. And they should since the Athletic Department spent almost $1 million recently to ensure the players' dressing area is of the ultra-class category. Large natural wood finish lockers form a border around the spacious facility. Wall-towall carpeting adds a distinctive air to the surroundings. A favorite with the players is the hot tub-cold tub-sauna complex located adjacent to the dressing area. Decorative tile with the Red Raider emblem brightens the area.
At the north end of the stadium is the Letterman's Lounge Building. A showcase of the history of Texas Tech athletes, the three-level structure contains portraits of all Red Raider head football coaches and of the school's All-Americans. Murals of past championship teams also decorate the walls. The Letterman's Association, which frequently holds meetings in the Lounge, has plaques of its members throughout the facility.
The Athletics Training Center, opened in 1986, is a unique structure found no where else in the world. The building assures Red Raider football players ideal workout conditions regardless of weather. The 3,100,000 cubic foot facility is the largest full-circle membrane structure for use by people in the world. It is 75 feet from the floor to the top of the inflatable membrane roof structure, which is held up by contant air pressure.
The ATC received national recognition in the March, 1994 issue of Athletic Management Magazine as it was named to the magazine's fourth annual award of excellence.
One of the main features of the two-level complex is a rollout artificial "Astro-Turf" surface football field that can reach a maximum length of 60 yards. The upper level features a 250-yard long circular track with six lanes and 60-meter straightaways, which is utilized for the Texas Tech Indoor Track and Field Invitational and the Texas Tech All Comers meet. A full sized wooden basketball court, four tennis or volleyball courts and a hitting tunnel for baseball batting practice or work on your golf game help give the building versatility.
The top feature of the Athletics Training Center might be the 5,500-square foot weight room, in which can be found the latest in strength and conditioning equipment. At Texas Tech, the strength and conditioning program is a year-round concept. Players are monitored in efficiency, technique and effort. Progress is charted and evaluated thoughout the player's career. Strength and conditioning coach Kelvin Clark and hsi Red Raider strength staff have developed a reputation for having one of the top programs in the country. A program built around combining bulk and speed.
The newest addition to the Jones AT&T Stadium complex is the renovation of the office area at the south end of the stadium. The football coaching staff moved into a nw two-story building on the southwest corner of the complex four summers ago and the administrative offices have all been refurnished. The lobby area, featuring a 10-1/2 foot tall bronze statue of the original Masked Rider and horse, has been enlarged and beautified to must-see status for visitors to Texas Tech University. The lobby offers a spectacular view of the facility and it is open to the public on game days.
First rate facilities - that's a pledge Texas Tech is proud to make and one that it lives up to.
Source: Texas Tech University Sports Information Office
October 3, 1999 Gray Cooksey wrote: Great site, very informative! Here's some updated information about Jones AT&T Stadium. The Board of Regents have just approved $75 million dollars in Renovations/Improvements to Jones AT&T Stadium. Capacity will be increased to 65,000, new three tiered press box, luxury suites, and Spanish Renaissance facade.
"Jones AT&T Stadium will be renovated and expanded to enhance the spectator's football game day experience. Approximately 10,000 seats will be added for a total of about 60,500 seats. A new three-level press box will be constructed to include 40 suite boxes and 500 clubs seats. Site improvements will include new trees, plantings, fan amenities, and the relocation of Red Raider Alley to the west of the press box."
The Red Raiders upset #5 ranked TX A&M by a of score 21-19. After the game the students tore down the south goalpost and paraded it around Jones AT&T Stadium. After it was carried out of
the stadium it went to 6th Street, University Ave. & finally down Broadway to Memorial Circle. It will cost Tech about $2500 to replace the goalpost. (10/3)
July 7, 2005 - Texas Tech is wrapping up approximately $84 million renovations of the football stadium. Jones SBC Stadium will make the home for Red Raider Football one of the finest in the nation. The facility contains a state-of-the-art press box, luxury suites and club seating. Concourses on both sides of the stadium plus new concession areas and rest rooms have been added. The final look on the stadium follows the Spanish Renaissance architecture seen throughout campus.
The West Side Stadium Building officially opened for the 2003 football season. The $52 million dollar, 175,000 sq. ft. facility provides a large and accommodating press level for local and national media, more than 150 tv's and video screens, 53 comfortable and private luxury suites, 1,070 club seats, and a spacious, inviting club level. With the added seating, Jones SBC Stadium's capacity is over 52,000.
There are additional plans to increase capacity by an additional 10,000 seats following the 2005 season as well as adding more Suites.
October 24, 1999 Robert Snyder wrote: Great Site Y'all,
The Board of Regents approved the stadium expansion plan, & this year new Astroturf was installed. A unique feature on the Astroturf is that the yard lines and endzones aren't painted, the turf is actually that color. Red, Black, white, grey, and the normal green are the colors on the turf. The colors other than green are used to accent the end zones, yardlines, & the new Double T Logo @ the center of the field.
You can see a pic of the 'new' 3-D double T @ my website
Thanks for the comprehensive website, you are my #1 source.
December 4, 2008
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Texas Tech announced it received $2.3 million over the last two weeks, boosting the university to meet its fund-raising goal to expand the east side of Jones AT&T Stadium. Larry Anders pledged $1 million of the money raised. A member of the Board of Regents, Anders had pledged a couple weeks ago to match all new money raised up to that total. (Dallas Morning News)
TEXAS TECH HAS EYES ON 85,000-SEAT STADIUM
May 14, 2009
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Lubbock, Texas - Texas Tech will increase the size of Jones Stadium by the middle of next
season, but its long-range plans call for a new 85,000-seater.
Under a plan that regents recently approved, Tech will to add 3,000 seats on the northwest
corner of Jones Stadium and 3,000 seats on the northeast corner, in addition to the east-side
stadium building whose suites and club seats will have room for another 1,000. Tech athletic
director Gerald Myers estimates the new seats could generate $1 million to $1.5 million.
Construction's to start within the next month, so that the 6,000 seats can be available by the
Tech-A&M game on Oct. 24.
All the near-term and intermediate-term expansion is targeted for the east and north sides of
EXPANSION OF TEXAS TECH STADIUM APPROVED
October 29, 2009
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Lubbock, Texas - Texas Tech's board of regents has approved a plan to complete a $32.6
million expansion of Jones AT&T Stadium. The approval means another $13 million will be
borrowed for the work.
The reapproval accounted for final construction costs that grew about $7 million since the $25
million project was approved by regents last fall.
Almost $19 million of the project will be funded through donations, Jim Brunjes, Tech's chief
financial officer, told the board. The $13.8 million in loans will be covered by sales of the 26 suites
and 544 club seats, he said.
The work calls for Tech will to add 3,000 seats on the northwest corner of the stadium and 3,000
seats on the northeast corner, in addition to the east-side stadium building whose suites and club
seats will have room for another 1,000. Tech athletic director Gerald Myers estimates the new seats
could generate $1 million to $1.5 million.
TEXAS TECH PREPARES NEW STADIUM CLUB
August 12, 2010
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Lubbock, Texas - A 130-person stadium club is being built into Jones AT&T Stadium's east side
as part of a $34.6 million renovation project, according to the Lubbock Avalanche Journal. The club will be open year-round.
The club level just below the fifth-floor private suites will feature two meeting rooms and a reception space that can accommodate up to 300 for catered events or 600 for stand-up receptions.
"We think it's going to have one of the most unique dining views that you will ever have," Steve Uryasz, Tech senior associate athletic director who heads the department's fundraising arm, the Red Raider Club, told the Avalanche Journal. "It's a completely different type of atmosphere than we've had."
During football games, the restaurant will provide catering service for the expansion's 29 suites and 564 club seats.
Texas Tech Club members without game-day suites will have access to a 5,500-square-foot tailgate area in the east-side parking lot. Beginning three hours before kickoff, this temporary facility, dubbed the Masked Rider's Hideout, will offer food and live music.
The new club aims to enroll about 1,100 members by the end of the year, Rory O'Neill, manager of the facility for Club Corp. of Dallas, told the newspaper. The goal is to eventually increase membership to at least 3,000.
Tech's contract with Club Corp. gives the university 20 percent of the company's gross income from concessions and special events during both game and non-game days.
The university will also share membership fees with Club Corp. at a rate tiered according to membership numbers, the newspaper said.
When combined with the west side's 54 suites and 1,100 club seats that opened eight years ago, the east-side expansion will bring the stadium's total to 83 suites and 1,644 club suites.
Tech stands to earn up to an additional $1.92 million per year for the east side's club seats and suites, Uryasz told the newspaper. About 10 percent and 40 percent, respectively, of club seats are still open on the stadium's west and east sides.
Prices for the new club range from a $25 initiation fee for Young Alumni to a $500 initiation fee for Chancellor's memberships. Young Alumni will pay $200 in annual dues. Others pay monthly fees ranging from $25 to $95, the newspaper reported.
TEXAS TECH OPENS NEW STADIUM CLUB
October 28, 2010
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Lubbock, Texas - Texas Tech has opened its new club at AT&T Stadium this season. The space
is part of the school's recent $34 million expansion of the venue's east side, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports.
The 130-person-capacity restaurant opened to local diners early this month, two years after the university announced it had raised the funding for the broader 100,000- square-foot stadium expansion.
On hand for the opening were top executives from Dallas-based ClubCorp, that partnered with Tech to operate the restaurant.
The company financed some $2 million of the expansion. Through its contract with ClubCorp, Tech will receive 20 percent of the company's gross income from concessions and special events during both game and non-game days.
The university will also share membership fees with ClubCorp at a rate tiered by membership numbers.
Jamie Walters, ClubCorp's executive vice president of sales and marketing, told the Avalanche- Journal the club, which is open year-round on non-game days, has already enrolled 550 members. The company hopes to increase local membership to 1,000 by year's end.
Members can dine at the new restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the year. On game days, the inside facility is reserved for private-suite holders.
January 19, 2012
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Texas Tech hopes to send out a request for proposal soon, soliciting bids to add a video board and ribbon boards to Jones AT&T Stadium, athletic director Kirby Hocutt told the Lubbock Avalanche- Journal. Tech has kicked around the hope of a new video board for a few years as it tried to secure sufficient funding and the idea worked its way up the priority list. Hocutt said pulling off such a project before the 2012 season would require "a tight time schedule," but he's not ruling it out. He's hopeful of having it in place for 2013 at least.