Demand for Tech football tickets red-hot

If Texas Tech fans are still peeved about the firing of coach Mike Leach, they have a funny way of showing it. The new Tommy Tuberville-led Red Raiders have interest levels in the program rising to an all-time high as evidenced by soaring season-ticket sales.

The school announced Wednesday that demand for season tickets is at "historic" levels. With 30,709 season tickets sold as of Tuesday night, it surpassed the previous season ticket record of 30,092 that were purchased prior to the start of the 2008 season, according to the press release.

The 30,709 season tickets do not include the Texas Tech student body, which accounts for another 12,548 additional season tickets and will bring the overall total to 43,257. The official seating capacity for Jones AT&T Stadium will rise to 60,454 in 2010 with the addition of the east side stadium building.

"We couldn't be happier with the enthusiasm that our fans have for this football program," Tuberville said. "If you haven't purchased your season tickets yet, it's not too late. They still have plenty of seats. We want to make sure that Jones AT&T Stadium is full every time we step out on the field."

Texas Tech opens the Tuberville era at home on Sept. 5 against SMU and will be televised on ESPN.