Texas Tech To Celebrate Texas High Plains Cotton Industry
August 28, 2012
Texas Tech Athletics is proud to partner with the Texas High Plains cotton industry for the "Celebrate Cotton" game on Saturday, Sept. 15, when the Red Raiders host the University of New Mexico Lobos at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Gameday festivities will celebrate the cotton industry in West Texas and its deep connections to Texas Tech University. Cotton will be everywhere throughout the game, from displays at Raider Alley and around the stadium to promotions, special graphics and fun cotton facts during the game. Special gameday T-shirts will be distributed (first-come, first-serve!) and cotton bales will line each entrance to the stadium, each with signage talking about what the cotton in that bale can make or how it impacts our economy.
"This game represents the tremendous relationship between cotton and Texas Tech," Plains Cotton Growers President and Slaton cotton grower Craig Heinrich said. "Both are vital to our economy and depend on each other in many ways."
Here in the Cotton Capital of the United States, the connections run deep to Texas Tech University. Cotton is represented in the university seal and is studied intensely in research labs across campus. Researchers at Texas Tech most recently made national news during the Gulf oil spill when a cotton product, known as Fibertect, was touted as tool to aid in the disaster cleanup.
"The cotton industry in West Texas is a world-leading producer and Texas Tech is honored to celebrate the accomplishments of our region on a national stage," Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt remarked. "Cotton and Texas Tech are synonymous and we hope this game will serve as an educational tool for people all across the nation that in West Texas -we clothe America."
Presenting sponsors include Plains Cotton Cooperative Association; United Cotton Growers; FiberMax; Texas Ag Coop Trust; NexGen; AgTexas Farm Credit Services;City Bank; Lubbock Avalanche-Journal; Deltapine; and All-Tex.
Kickoff time has been set for 6 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on Fox College Sports. Tickets for the game are available for purchase online at texastech.com or by calling the athletics ticket office at (806) 742-TECH.