Saturday’s game between No. 24 Texas Tech and No. 14 Oklahoma achieved sellout status on Thursday.
“We’re really excited to have our first (advance) sellout here in four years,” said Erik Book, Tech’s associate athletic director for ticket operations.
According to a Tech Athletics news release. the advance sellout is the first for Texas Tech since the regular season finale against Baylor in 2008, when Tech fans bought the last remaining tickets 12 days before kickoff,
Saturday’s game will mark the first sellout at Jones AT&T Stadium since the Oklahoma State game on Oct. 16, 2010. The last tickets were snatched up the day of the contest.
“On behalf of our football team, I want to say a big thank you to the fans for your support,” coach Tommy Tuberville said in a statement. “This is a big game for our football team and we are going to need the home field advantage. So come early, be loud, wear black and stay late.”
The stadium’s capacity is 60,298. Additional north end zone seating has been created for student overflow.
Book said to his knowledge, students have never been turned away from a football game. More than 12,500 seats are available for students, not including the grassy area in the north end zone.
The university is using social media to promote the game to students, Book said, and they received a direct email today with a message regarding Tuberville’s request for fans to wear black.
The Red Raiders (4-0, 1-0 in Big 12 Conference play) and Sooners (2-1, 0-1) kick off at 2:30 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on ABC. Fans who don’t get the game on their ABC affiliate station will be able to watch on ESPN2.
Texas Tech athletics is also encouraging fans to purchase tickets for the 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13 West Virginia game. Less than 5,000 tickets remain. Those tickets can be purchased online at texastech.com or through the ticket office at 742-8324.
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