Management and planning have been key ingredients in Texas Tech's athletic facilities ranking among the best in intercollegiate athletics.
Construction of the 15,000-seat United Spirit Arena began in 1997. This project, which drew overwhelming student, corporate and community support, signaled the beginning of a new commitment to Texas Tech athletics. When completed, the Arena will provide the Red Raiders with the finest on-campus basketball homecourt in the country. Future plans include the renovation and expansion of Jones Stadium and construction of tennis, softball and additional administrative facilities.
Head coach James Dickey's Red Raiders call the remarkable Athletics Training Center home for much of the year during basketball season. Whether in practice or conditioning, the ATC provides all the necessary amenities for one of the nation's up-and-coming men's basketball programs.
The Athletics Training Center, opened in 1986, is a unique structure found nowhere else in the world. The building assures Red Raider athletes ideal workout conditions regardless of the weather. The 3,100,000-cubic foot facility is the largest full-circle membrane structure for use by people in the world. It is 75 feet from the floor to the top of the inflatable membrane roof, which is held up by air pressure.
A full-sized wooden basketball court, four tennis or volleyball courts and nets for hitting baseballs and golf balls help give the building versatility. One of the main features of the two-level complex is a rollout artificial Astroturf surface football field that can reach a maximum length of 60 yards. The upper level features a 250-yard long circular track with six lanes and 60-meter straightaways, which is utilized for indoor track meets.
The top feature of the Athletics Training Center might be the 5,500-square foot weight room, in which is found the latest in strength and conditioning equipment. At Texas Tech, the strength and conditioning program is a year-round concept. Athletes are monitored in efficiency, technique and effort. Progress is charted and evaluated closely throughout the player's career.
The ATC received national recognition in the March, 1994 issue of Athletic Management Magazine as it was named to the magazine's fourth annual Award of Excellence.
Jones Stadium is the home of Texas Tech football. Impressive is the word most used to describe the 50,500-capacity bowl-shaped stadium that features a giant Double T scoreboard/message center. . With the advent of the Big 12 Conference and a new group of rivals on the horizon, it's a good bet Red Raiders tickets will continue to be hot items.
At the north end of Jones Stadium is the Letterman's Lounge Building. A showcase of the history of Texas Tech athletes, the three-level structure contains portraits of all Red Raider head football coaches and of the school's All-Americans. Murals of past championship teams also decorate the walls. The Letterman's Association, which frequently holds meetings in the Lounge, has plaques of its members throughout the facility.
The newest addition to the athletic facilities are new locker rooms, training facilities and ticket operations booths adjacent to Texas Tech's baseball, soccer and track and field facilities. New additions at Tech also include the renovation of the office complex at the South end of Jones Stadium. The coaches are located in the two-story building on the southwest corner of the stadium and the administrative offices on the south end also have been refurbished. The lobby area, featuring a 10 1/2-foot tall bronze statue of the original Masked Rider and horse, has been enlarged and beautified. The lobby offers a spectacular view of the facility and it's open on game days for the public.
First rate facilities -- that's a pledge Texas Tech University is proud to make.