Texas Tech announces $200 million project to build largest football complex
July 13, 2022
On Monday, the Texas Tech Red Raiders announced that it planned to invest $200 million to improve its football facilities. The move, which marks the biggest investment in the program’s history, will see a major renovation to Jones AT&T Stadium, with the addition of a south end zone building that will connect the stadium to the new Dustin R. Womble Football Center.
The program said that the development would begin in late November this year, and the result would be the largest football complex in the country.
“This is a historic day as we announce our intentions to construct what will be the premier football facility in the Big 12 Conference and nationally,” Texas Tech director of athletics Kirby Hocutt said.
“This facility, when completed, will not take a backseat to any other school in the country. We have received tremendous interest from many of our supporters regarding this project and anticipate that continuing as we get closer to officially breaking ground.”
Details about Texas Tech’s largest football complex
In an announcement released on Monday, the program confirmed that the project received most of its funding from private fundraisings and the athletics department’s annual revenue streams via the sale of “new premium inventory”.
In addition, the project is pending approval from the university’s System Board of Regents, with the next board meeting being scheduled to take place on August 11-12. Despite waiting for approval, the project will move forward as planned. The release said the reason was to ensure efficiencies with “the timing of construction” and minimize the potential impact on the school’s football team and fans.
“Our intent is to be the top athletics department in the country. As we look into the long-term future of college athletics, this project will set the stage for what we anticipate as decades of success on the gridiron for our Red Raiders,” Hocutt added.
“This will take all of us. There’s not a more passionate fan base in the country than Red Raider Nation, so we encourage all our alumni and supporters to contribute to this project and, as always, be a proud member of the Red Raider Club.”
The new south-end zone building will provide a wide array of sporting amenities for the school, such as an expanded concourse and club, coaching offices, locker rooms, and premium suites. The new four floors facility will also feature a 7,200-square-foot club area. Additionally, Texas Tech plans to build a new Double T scoreboard on top of the building.
“We couldn’t be more excited for the future of our football program and what this facility will do in terms of player development and recruiting,” Red Raiders head coach Joey McGuire said.
“The support for Texas Tech Football is real and it is passionate, and this project will position us at the top echelon of college football on a yearly basis. We are thankful for the support of so many of our donors who have already contributed and are planning to give to this facility.”
The project is expected to break ground after the conclusion of the home game finale against Oklahoma on November 26. The entire development stage is expected to finish ahead of the 2024 season.