Jones AT&T Stadium Named Nation's Top Home-Field Advantage|
May 11, 2010
LUBBOCK, Texas - Backed by 50,000-plus fans on the edge of their seats, Jones AT&T Stadium has become one of the most difficult venues in the nation for opposing teams with wins over top-ranked Texas and No. 2 Oklahoma in recent years. For that reason, Dave Curtis of the Sporting News has proclaimed that Texas Tech has the top home-field advantage in all of college football.
"Neither the biggest nor the loudest, Jones Stadium and its crowd helped the Raiders pull off recent upsets of Texas and Oklahoma," Curtis said.
Texas Tech has averaged over 50,000 fans in every season since 2004. That number should increase in the coming years as Jones AT&T Stadium's capacity will surpass the 60,000-seat mark this fall with the East Stadium Building addition.
The Big 12 controlled the top-three spots in Curtis' poll as Oklahoma's Owen Field was ranked second, while Colorado's Folsom Field was picked a spot below the Sooners.
Texas Tech looks to continue its strong home-field presence in the 2010 opener against SMU on Sept. 5, beginning at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.