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Friday, February 24, 2006
Texas Tech adding $45 million expansion to stadium

Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech's football stadium will grow by 10,000 seats -- including those in 19 new luxury suites -- in construction approved Friday by the school's board of regents for a $45 million expansion.

The project is contingent on the athletic department securing the money, of which as much as $20 million would be in gifts, Athletic Director Gerald Myers said.

The east side expansion would include a 1,080-car parking garage, 300 club seats, a 5,500-seat upper deck and 4,500 seats in each of the stadium's four corners, bringing its capacity to just more than 63,000. The parking garage could be done by 2007 and the upper deck by the 2009 season.

Myers said the expansion will put the school is about the middle of the Big 12 in stadium capacity.

The school currently is spending $2.5 million to replace the field surface with field turf.

In 2003, Tech completed a $51.9 million, 175,000-square-foot addition to the west side of the stadium that added more than 2,000 seats in 44 luxury suites and more than 1,000 new club seats.