Texas Tech’s Football Field Gets a Name After Massive Donation
Jones Stadium has been through a lot of changes since it was originally built in 1947. Even since the early 2000's Jones AT&T Stadium has gotten several makeovers and renovations that have it among the biggest in the Big 12.
Those changes have involved most of the stadium with major additions on the East and West with a complete remodel in the North Endzone. All the while the South Endzone and that iconic Double T Scoreboard have remained pretty much intact.
After today's announcement of a $25 million gift from former Red Raider offensive lineman and current Texas Tech University Regent Cody Campbell, the South Endzone will soon join the update party. The gift also comes with the naming of the Field at Jones AT&T Stadium to Cody Campbell Field.
The $25 million pledge is the largest donation ever to Texas Tech athletics.
Campbell played at Texas Tech from 2001-04 and was an All-Big 12 performer during his time. He also spent a few seasons with the Indianapolis Colts before going into the energy business. He's currently the co-chief executive officer of Double Eagle Energy Holdings.
Kirby Hocutt, Campbell, and more talked today about the South Endzone project and the brand new Womble Texas Tech Football Center. In the press availability portion, Hocutt said the dream timeline would be to finish the design process of the Womble Football Facility in early 2022, then build that facility in 12-14 months which would allow the 2023 construction of the South Endzone.
“This is another great day for Texas Tech Athletics and our football program,” Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said via TexasTech.com. “We are so thankful for the support of Regent Campbell and his family as we continue to invest in this football program. I believe firmly we have a bright future ahead of us in football under Coach (Joey) McGuire’s direction and with the momentum, we have built both on and off the field in recent months. Today is another positive step in that direction.”
Hocutt also mentioned that he and Dustin Womble and a team will be traveling to Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia to visit their football facilities to gain knowledge and ideas for the Texas Tech facility that's being planned. As far as the South Endzone, Hocutt mentioned concepts such as a field-level club, additional premium seating options, recruiting space, and a letterman’s lounge, among others. He also mentioned being creative in opportunities for the students as well.
With the gift announced today from Campbell and the Womble gift of $20 million announced earlier this season, the Campaign for Fearless Champions has had more than $45 million in donations received. Add that to a new coaching hire, a bowl game berth, and a resurgence in recruiting, and Texas Tech football has some serious momentum building in the program.
According to Texas Tech, "The south end zone to Jones AT&T Stadium will be the final project in Texas Tech’s closing stages of The Campaign for Fearless Champions. To date, the campaign has allowed the athletics department to significantly invest in the football program through the Whitacre Athletics Complex area outside Jones AT&T Stadium, which includes the $48 million Sports Performance Center and the recently-opened Whitacre Center for Athletics Administration."