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Jones AT&T Stadium (previously known as Clifford B. and Audrey Jones Stadium and Jones SBC Stadium) is an outdoor athletic stadium on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. It is the home field of the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team of the Big 12 Conference.History
Planning and funding
Clifford B. and Audrey Jones Stadium opened in 1947. The original seating capacity was 27,000.Expansion
In 1959 the stadium's first expansion raised the seating to 41,500. The existing east stands were placed on railroad ties and moved 150 feet (46 m) further east, and the playing surface was lowered below street level, to accommodate the new lower bowl. It was expanded again in 1972 with new red, metal seats on the north side bringing capacity of 48,000.Modernization
On November 17, 1999, the school announced a $20 million donation by SBC for construction of a new press box and west side club seating building to raise capacity to 52,882.
The stadium name was changed to Jones SBC Stadium in 2000 due to a naming rights agreement with SBC Communications, which funded a large part of the stadium's West Stadium Club expansion. On April 6, 2006, the facility officially changed names again, this time to Jones AT&T Stadium as a result of SBC's merger with AT&T and adoption of AT&T as its new corporate name.
In May 2009, it was announced an additional 6,100 seats would be added in the north-east and north-west end zones by mid-season. The additional general admission seating was opened in the north end of the stadium on October 24, 2009, bringing capacity at that time to 58,930. The new East Side Building expansion is complete, bringing the total amount of suites to 89 and seating capacity to 60,454.
The largest renovation project to date was the $51.9 million, 175,000-square-foot (16,300 m2) press box that included luxury suites, club seating and decks for television cameras and the press. This added 2,000 seats and was completed during the 2003 season.
For 2006, the stadium was upgraded with a $2-million-dollar inner field wall that matches the traditional Texas Tech style brick façade. An inscribing of the Matador Song at the Double T in the north and south endzones was also added.
In February 2006, the university announced plans to add $60 million worth of upgrades including additional luxury suites, a 1,000-car parking garage, an upper deck, a facade on the east side of the stadium and more seating. The entire project was set to begin following the 2006 season but was cancelled.
On August 7, 2008, the Texas Tech Board of Regents announced a $25 million expansion project. The planned expansion will add a Spanish Renaissance-themed façade to the east side of the stadium. In addition to the improvements to the exterior of the facility, the expansion will add 1,000 general-admission seats, 550 club seats, and 26 suites. Texas Tech allocated a total of $19 million to the expansion and added another $6 million through fund-raising initiatives.
On November 20, 2008, university officials announced that the project's fundraising goal had been exceeded. Most of the money came from private donations, including a large contribution from AT&T and a $1M matching gift from Texas Tech System Board of Regents member, Larry Anders. A small amount of the funds will come from future ticket sales. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the expansion took place on November 29, 2008. Construction began following the 2008 season.
In May 2009, the university confirmed that additional money raised in the initial fundraising would be going to expand the north endzone seating by an additional 6,100 seats. Overall from 1999 to 2009 the school has spent $84 million for ongoing renovation and expansion to the stadium and the football program. In doing so, seating capacity increased by about 10,000 seats to its current capacity of 60,454 seats.Features
The playing field runs in the traditional north-south configuration and sits at an elevation of 3,215 feet (980 m) above sea level. Along with Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Jones AT&T Stadium is the only Division I-A stadium with a true north-south configuration.
When Jones AT&T Stadium opened in 1947, the playing field featured a grass playing surface until it was replaced with AstroTurf in 1971. In 2006, FieldTurf replaced the AstroTurf playing field.Seating and tickets
After numerous renovations and expansions, Jones AT&T Stadium currently seats 60,454. The capacity makes the stadium the 44th largest college football stadium and the third largest college football stadium in Texas (although Rice Stadium has a listed capacity of 47,000 covered seating in the endzone makes it expandable to 70,000).
12,548 seats are designated for students between 13 sections.
46,546 season tickets were sold for the 2010 season, surpassing the previous season ticket record of 30,092 that were purchased prior to the start of the 2008 season.
For the 2011 season, season tickets in the stadium's bowl range from a maximum of $429, to as low as $189. Only the highest priced season-tickets include personal seat license fees, which range from a maximum of $300, to as low as $100. Twenty sections do not require a PSL. Donations to the Red Raider Club, a fundraising organisation for the athletic department, ranging from a maximum of $300, to as low as $100, also are required to purchase season tickets in twenty-two of the stadium sections. Season tickets in the stadium's club level are $649. Eleven stadium sections - do not require a seat-license fee or Red Raider Club donation.Stadium usage
Texas Tech Red Raiders
The first game was a 14–6 Texas Tech victory over Hardin-Simmons University. Jones AT&T Stadium replaced Tech Field as the Red Raiders' home field.
The Red Raiders have a posted a 328-156-13 (.673) record at Jones AT&T Stadium record through the 2010 season.Coaches All-America Game
The Coaches All-America Game, a post-season college football all-star game that served as the concluding game of the college football post-season, was hosted at Jones AT&T Stadium from 1970-1975. Previously, the game was played at War Memorial Stadium in Buffalo, New York and Atlanta Stadium. Profits from ticket sales and television rights went to fund scholarships. By June, most of the players would already be signed to a pro contract, so the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) had to get approval for the game at the NFL’s March 1960 meeting, followed by the AFL and the CFL. By 1965, the All-America Game was considered both the best of the college all-star games and the first pro outing for the new season’s rookies. Sports Illustrated described it as pro football in some years, college ball in othersAttendance records
The 13 most attended Texas Tech football games at Jones AT&T Stadium: