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Texas Tech facilities to get extensive renovations

LUBBOCK, Texas -- A master plan for improving Texas Tech's
football stadium includes the addition of 30,000 seats over the
next 20 years and a five-story building for club, retail and suite
space.

Athletic director Gerald Myers presented the plan Tuesday to the
facilities committee of the Texas Tech University system board of
regents. Improvements to Jones AT&T Stadium would cost an estimated
$40 million.

Myers also presented plans for $14 million to $21 million in
upgrades for baseball and softball facilities on campus.

The plan presented to the committee had few details on funding.

"The funding for all of this is not complete at this point, but
we are working diligently to do all of these things," Myers said
in a story for Wednesday's Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

Planners want to start adding 10,000 seats straddling the north
end zone by next spring. The athletic offices, suites and retail
facilities would be built on the east side of the stadium.

Proposals for softball improvements include a new fieldhouse,
stands and practice facilities. For baseball, improvements would
include upgrades to artificial turf, concession additions, and a
new press box and eight luxury suites.

"I'm glad to see they're doing a master plan," committee
chairman Bob Black said. "I think it's been long in coming, but
very, very encouraging to see it coming out of the athletics
department."