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Welcome To Case's Column

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New Texas Tech Football Facilities Are Coming Around

Posted 07-30-2023 at 07:52 PM by case44
Updated 08-02-2023 at 06:37 PM by case44

This following post was taken from a follow-up on our Lubbock forums, but it bears mentioning. And, of course, any pictures are too good to pass up.

Lots of recent goings-on at Jones A T & T Stadium in good ol' Lubbock in these last few months. The renovations are going along nicely. Our friend shoe01 has made a very thorough and convincing presentation if I do say so, myself.

Originally Posted by shoe01 View Post
Things seem to be reaching a fever pitch. At one point yesterday, they had five cranes working at the same time. The two fixed tower cranes were moving, plus a new 220-ton mobile crane was shifting things around on the field, then one was installing LED’s on the northeast light pole, and finally the last was improving communications infrastructure (for cell phones). I think they poured the last of the foundation slab concrete this morning.

Taken two days ago from Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:


Taken yesterday (thanks to the photographer):

More visible evidence is going up at The Jones. This will be a great harbinger of things to come as Tech prepares for life after Texas and Oklahoma leave the Big 12 conference for perpetual middle-of-the-pack status. (Sorry, my fellow Longhorn fans. I'm just being realistic here). But for Tech fans, the new seating and all that go with it are guaranteed to make this atmosphere as good as it can be for Saturday action.
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    This stuff had been planned for years in some capacity.

    While college athletics, and CFB in particular, has gotten sort of insane with the facilities race, and name, image and likeness compensation, Tech football (minus the sports performance center) was working out and playing games in venues that had been leapfrogged by the majority of power conference programs 5-15 years before groundbreaking. Tough to recruit guys in that situation.

    Tech’s NIL collective is and will be a work in progress, but by all accounts is competitive nationally.

    Video of the stadium/Womble Football Center:


    Here’s 10-second webcam video from Friday (may want to hit the pause button):


    Many thanks go to Dustin Womble, Cody Campbell, Coach McGuire, and many others for these improvements.

    Also, thanks for the shout-out, Case.
    Posted 07-31-2023 at 05:22 AM by shoe01 shoe01 is offline
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    To me, at least, it would have been interesting to see the five cranes in person. The one replacing the lights and the other upgrading the phone infrastructure were only there for a few days.

    They removed the massive mobile crane on the field yesterday. A LOT of other stuff has been cleared from the playing surface in the last few days. They should put more turf down tomorrow (just based on looks), over to the 15-yard-line or so. They still might need to keep part of the field uncovered for a few more days to use concrete pump trucks & the traditional cement trucks, for the second floor.

    They cemented over almost all of the SE ramp, but still have to get the lowest part that’s used for drainage pumps. They should get the SW ramp after the field is complete (and they can get the turf crews’ heavy equipment out).

    As you can see, there are a lot of moving parts. Under five weeks to get it all ready for the Oregon game.
    Posted 08-06-2023 at 06:52 PM by shoe01 shoe01 is offline
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    From today


    (Screen shot of web cam footage taken by someone else)

    The gray stuff is the layer of rubber pellets that is placed immediately under the new Matrix Turf, the same material that is used at AT&T Stadium (Cowboys), NRG Stadium (Texans), and SoFi Stadium (Rams/Chargers).
    Posted 08-14-2023 at 09:52 PM by shoe01 shoe01 is offline
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    Posted 01-24-2024 at 01:46 AM by shoe01 shoe01 is offline

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