LUBBOCK, Texas – The sound of construction can now be heard from the Football Training Facility as crews have begun work on replacing both the grass and FieldTurf practice surfaces that are used regularly by the Texas Tech football program.
The roughly $2.4 million project will reshape the look of Tech’s practice facility as the FieldTurf surface will now be on the west side to mesh with the newly-opened Petersen Family Indoor Practice Facility, while the grass field will move to the east side of the complex.
“This is a project we planned in the early stages of developing the Sports Performance Center,” Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said. “We want to provide the best and safest resources for our student-athletes to utilize, and this project will help us accomplish that goal.”
The project is funded entirely from philanthropic giving as part of The Campaign for Fearless Champions, which is entering its closing stages. Tech has already started planning for future renovations to the Football Training Facility as well as the south end zone of Jones AT&T Stadium as part of the final facility upgrades associated with the campaign.
Both practice fields will not be operational for the Red Raiders this spring as head coach Kliff Kingsbury and his staff will utilize the Petersen Family Indoor Practice Facility and Jones AT&T Stadium for the majority of their allotted 15 practices. The two fields will be fully operational again when Tech opens preseason practices in August.
Tech opens spring drills on March 3 and will practice six times before traveling to Grande Communications Stadium in Midland for a 1 p.m. scrimmage, the first of three opportunities for fans to catch the Red Raiders in action this spring
The Red Raiders, who return 17 starters from last season’s Birmingham Bowl team, will then travel to the Dallas-Fort Worth area on April 7 to scrimmage at The Star in Frisco, the official team headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys. Practices close a week later when Tech hosts its annual Spring Game on April 14 at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Tech fans can currently lock in their seats for the 2018 season by either becoming a new season ticket holder or by renewing their season tickets online by the Feb. 28 deadline. Season tickets are priced for as low as $190 a seat or just $27 a month for fans who take advantage of the seven-month, interest-free payment plan Tech is offering once again this year.