Tech regents approve $500,000 for work on stadium

Updated: December 16, 2005, 4:29 PM ET
Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech regents on Friday approved spending $500,000 for design work on a parking garage and 22 luxury suites on the east side of Jones SBC Stadium.

The move comes about two years after completion of an $84.1 million renovation to the stadium's west side that included 54 luxury suites, indoor and outdoor club seating for about 3,000 and a new press box. The combined project will cost an estimated $22 million.

Gerald Myers, Tech's athletic director, told regents nearly $4 million in private donations have been raised to help with the garage's cost.

Preliminary work on the garage could start this summer, and the whole project is proposed for completion for the 2008 football season, said Mike Ellicott, vice chancellor for facilities planning and construction.

The 1,000-vehicle parking garage allows the university to build a facade that matches the west side and helps pay for itself.

The garage would be reinforced to support an additional 10,000 seats that could be constructed above it, though administrators are still working out the details of such a project and do not have an estimated cost or completion date, Ellicott said.

The stadium's current capacity is 52,882.


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