Texas Tech announced a $200 million south end zone and football complex facility facilities upgrade.
If you want high resolution pictures of the facilities then that’s the link you need to go to. Kirby Hocutt and Robert Giovannetti announced that construction (and demolition) would begin immediately after the last home game, which is Oklahoma. Construction is expected to be completed prior to the 2024 season.
Texas Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt:
“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. 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 south endzone will be four levels and will house the football training facility, meeting places for football:
Texas Tech will maintain its football strength and conditioning, sports medicine and equipment areas on the main level of the Womble Football Center as part of the new layout. The second floor will connect to the skybridge, housing many of the football program’s meeting spaces, including individual position rooms and the Spike Dykes Team Meeting Room. This floor will also feature a revolutionary 6,000-plus square foot multi-purpose walkthrough area designed to allow for large-scale indoor team strategy implementation, instruction and technique evaluation.
Between the south end zone project and the Womble Football Center, the two facilities will contain space for both recruiting and players’ lounges, a new player locker room, a television studio for gameday and social media content as well as a significant investment into technology through digital signage and displays.
The old double-t scoreboard will probably be demolished and a new double-t scoreboard will be constructed, possibly bigger. It’s been said that the old scoreboard is filled with concrete so it’s a bit difficult to maneuver.
CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd tweeted this and it is absolutely true as Hocutt also mentioned the fact that the summer seems to be a regular occurrence of realignment.
Texas Tech just announced a $200M football facilities upgrade. The timing absolutely cannot hurt.
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) July 12, 2022
After sitting in the stadium for the spring game, the lack of audio quality definitely struck me and that will be added to the project.
It should also be mentioned that there were two donors who were highlighted with quotes at the end of the article quoted above.
“This training facility project in conjunction with the south end zone represents the largest single capital project in Texas Tech Athletics history and will transform the facility, not only for our student-athletes, but for every fan who attends games in Jones AT&T Stadium. More significantly, this announcement demonstrates our unwavering support to ensure that Texas Tech currently is, and will remain, a significant player at the highest level of college athletics. Our alumni, our fans, our coaches and our student-athletes deserve the very best and today, we take one large step to insure we deliver just that.”
– Dustin R. Womble, member of the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents.
“This project is a major statement from the Texas Tech community – from our university, our Board, our administration, our donors and our fans – that football is a high priority for us, and we intend to compete at the highest level. I am very excited about the future of our football program. With Coach McGuire at the helm, with the strong NIL program that we have in place, and now with facilities that will be among the best in the country, I firmly believe that all of the pieces are in place for Texas Tech to be perennially competitive in the Big 12 and nationally.”
– Cody C. Campbell, member of the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents and football letterwinner.