Second Annual Cotton Game On Tap For Saturday

Tech fans encouraged to wear white on Saturday.

Sept. 16, 2013

Texas Tech Athletics and the Texas High Plains cotton industry are partnering for the second annual "Celebrate Cotton Game" on Saturday, Sept. 21, when the 25th-ranked Red Raiders host the Texas State Bobcats at Jones AT&T Stadium.

As part of the game, Texas Tech is asking all fans to wear white to the game to support Texas Tech and to celebrate the cotton industry.

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 is important because it's more than just celebrating cotton," said Steve Verett, Executive Vice President, Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. "It's celebrating an entire region of hard-working men and women who grow, process, and merchandise millions of bales of cotton so we can clothe America and the world, and helping more people understand our role in cotton production and its impact on our economy.

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. Cotton also is the featured material in the Cotton and Denim Runway 2013 design contest, sponsored by Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA), Cotton Council International (CCI) and Cotton Incorporated and held in collaboration with the university's College of Human Sciences, Department of Design's Apparel Design and Manufacturing (ADM) program.

"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 for the second consecutive year," remarked Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt. "Last year's game was a tremendous success and we look forward to bringing more attention to the cotton industry and showing people across the nation that in West Texas - we clothe America."

Presenting sponsors include: Delta Pine, United Cotton Growers, All-Tex Seed, City Bank Texas, Bayer, AgTexas Farm Credit Services, PhytoGen and Warren Cat.

Kickoff has been set for 6 p.m. and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Net. A limited number of tickets remain available for purchase through the athletics ticket office and can be purchased online at texastech.com/ticket or by calling (806) 742-TECH.

One 500lb bale of cotton will make:
215 Pair of Jeans

249 Bed Sheets

409 Men's Sport Shirts

690 Terry Bath Towels

765 Men's Dress Shirts

1,217 Men's T-Shirts

1,256 Pillowcases

2,104 Boxer Shorts

2,419 Men's Briefs

3,085 Diapers

4,321 Mid-Calf Socks

6,436 Women's Knit Briefs

21,960 Women's Handkerchiefs

313,600 $100 Bills (U.S. paper currency is made of 75% cotton and 25% linen)
Stats provided by the National Cotton Council

Other stats:

  • Cotton growers on the High Plains produce, on average, 4 million bales per year. That's about 2/3 of the Texas cotton crop, 1/3 of the nation's crop, and 4% of the world cotton crop!
  • The Texas High Plains is the largest contiguous cotton patch in the world.
  • Texas is the No. 1 cotton-producing state in the nation.
  • While the fiber from cotton goes into denim, T-shirts, towels, sheets and much more, the seed can be processed to make cottonseed oil, which is used mainly as a salad or cooking oil. Cottonseed meal and hulls are used in the feeding of beef and dairy cattle.
  • Most cotton on the High Plains is planted in May and harvested in the fall, mostly in October and November.
  • Each dollar generated from a cotton crop turns over an average of three and one-half times in the local economy.


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