Texas Tech’s newly launched athletics capital campaign will involve all 17 sports and include 25 facility projects, a Tech spokesman said Friday.
The Tech athletic department hopes to raise more than $100 million in what it’s dubbed “The Campaign for Fearless Champions.” Scholarships endowment and a leadership academy also will benefit.
“The cornerstones of the facilities portion will be the south end zone of (Jones AT&T) Stadium, the indoor practice facility for football and indoor track and field,” Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said. “And the United Spirit Arena team facilities, so locker rooms, sports medicine, all that.”
The campaign came to light Thursday, Feb. 6. Beal posted about it on Twitter, and Tech officials used the occasion of a football signing day review dinner in Dallas to tell a crowd of about 1,000 fans.
But Tech did not send out any announcement or have any mention of it on the athletic department website.
“It’s in the very early stages yet,” Beal said. “There will be a website launched. There will be a bigger push later on. This is kind of a soft launch of the campaign.”
Additional signing day reviews were scheduled for Friday night in Austin, Monday in Midland and Tuesday in Houston. University leaders and Tech coaches are giving presentations at the dinners.
Fans at Thursday’s recruiting review were told that Tech officials now are looking at the area where the Athletic Training Center sits as a spot for the indoor football practice facility. Beal confirmed that Friday, but said it isn’t a firm plan.
“We’re not expecting the architects to come back to us until March,” he said. “That’s what they’re looking at now, but that could change in a month once the architects say what’s feasible.”
Beal said the indoor workout facility is “very high at the top of the priority list.”
In November, Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt, asked to give an estimate of how much an indoor facility might cost, said $15 million to $17 million. He stressed that it was just a guess and he had nothing on which to base that figure.
In his Twitter post Thursday, Beal said the campaign would total more than $100 million.
“We’re not specific on a dollar figure,” he said Friday. “Ultimately, it will be more than $100 million.”
In addition to the facilities drive, Tech plans to use campaign dollars for scholarship endowments and a leadership academy. The latter is a career and life-skills development program for Tech athletes and staff members.
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