LUBBOCK, Texas — With the ongoing construction of the south end zone at Jones AT&T Stadium, the 2023 football season will look different for fans attending the games.
Fans are expected to see reduced entry points, capacity and pedestrian access. Texas Tech asked fans to arrive early for the 2023 season games.
Texas Tech has some tips for fans to make for a seamless gameday experience throughout the construction.
See below for the full press release.
The gameday environment in and around Jones AT&T Stadium will look different beginning this weekend as Texas Tech Athletics announced Monday several notable cautions for fans as well as a few upgrades for the 2023 football season.
With the ongoing south end zone and Womble Football Center construction project, Texas Tech highly encourages fans to arrive to Jones AT&T Stadium early each gameday as capacity crowds are expected for each home game. Additionally, fans are asked to please enter the stadium as early as possible to avoid longer entry lines closer to kickoff.
“I am excited for our fans to be able to see the progress being made on the $230 million south end zone construction project,” Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said. “Knowing that stadium access is going to be significantly different this year, we ask that fans make plans to enter Jones AT&T Stadium much earlier than previous seasons. With reduced entry points at Gates 1 and 6, as well as no pedestrian access between the stadium and Sports Performance Center, it will require more time than normal to enter into the stadium.”
Below is a listing of changes fans can expect this season at Jones AT&T Stadium.
NAVIGATING IN AND AROUND SOUTH END ZONE TO JONES AT&T STADIUM
One of the most notable changes around Jones AT&T Stadium will be the closing of Sixth Street each gameday, namely the area between the ongoing south end zone construction site and the Sports Performance Center. This area will be closed to pedestrian traffic on gameday due to the construction project and to ensure both teams can safely reach their locker room in a timely manner.
Fans with seats on the east side of Jones AT&T Stadium are encouraged to enter through Gate 3 this season and use the north inner concourse to reach their section. Students, meanwhile, can utilize either Gate 4 or Gate 6 this season and can do so via University Avenue or through the pedestrian sidewalk on Marsha Sharp Freeway. The impact of construction will also impact Gates 1 and 6 with fewer entry points than previous seasons.
Once inside, fans are reminded that the only way to move from the east or west side of Jones AT&T Stadium to the other is via the north inner concourse behind the north end zone building. There will not be a concourse area in the south portion of the stadium this season due to construction.
NEW SEATING LOCATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR STUDENT BODY, GOIN’ BAND
Texas Tech previously announced this summer that it will relocate student seating and the Goin’ Band from Raiderland from the south end zone to new sections this season. As part of its revised seating structure, the Goin’ Band from Raiderland will move to section 23 on the east side of Jones AT&T Stadium. Additionally, student seating from the south end zone will be relocated to sections 113 and 114 in the northeast corner of the stadium.
Texas Tech students will continue to occupy the majority of the lower bowl on the east side of the stadium, ranging from sections 13-17 on the northeast side as well as 20-22 in the southeast corner. The student section will still account for 22 percent of the capacity of Jones AT&T Stadium. Students are reminded they can enter through Gates 4 or 6 this season by showing a valid Texas Tech ID.
AT&T UPGRADES CELLULAR SERVICE AROUND STADIUM
Texas Tech, in partnership with longtime sponsor AT&T, upgraded the cellular service inside Jones AT&T Stadium this summer to specifically increase the capacity to make phone calls and send SMS text messages. The process is part of an upgrade of the digital antenna system throughout the stadium to a 5G connection. Texas Tech is currently in the initial stages of exploring a permanent fan-facing WiFI solution for future seasons.
LIGHT SHOW, NEW TURF AMONG FACILITY ENHANCEMENTS
Night games at Jones AT&T Stadium are already special. Beginning this season, they’ll get even better as Texas Tech has installed a new lighting system that will allow for choreographed patterns designed to music during its pregame entertainment, in-between quarters and after touchdowns. The lighting system, designed by Musco, using its Total Light Control technology, also allows athletes to track ball flight better using pinpoint lighting, all while lowering total operating costs.
In addition, the Oregon game will mark Texas Tech’s first on its new playing surface that was completed earlier this month. Texas Tech contracted the services of Hellas for its new playing surface, utilizing the company’s latest technology that has been installed recent at several NFL facilities, including The Star in Frisco and AT&T Stadium and SoFi Stadium, among others.
“TAKE THREE MARKETPLACE” ADDED NEAR GATE 4
Texas Tech will add a second grab-and-go marketplace this season following the success of its initial location near Gate 1 (southwest corner). The new “Take Three Marketplace” will be near Gate 4 (northeast corner), allowing fans a quick process to purchase a variety of beer options, seltzers, canned cocktails, soft drinks and snacks as part of a self-checkout stand. The two marketplace locations are among the first at athletic venues across the country, which provides fans the opportunity to return to their seat quickly to not miss any of the action.
NEW PATH ANNOUNCED FOR RAIDER WALK
Raider Walk will have a new path this season as head coach Joey McGuire and the Red Raiders will depart the team buses at the intersection of Glenna Goodacre Blvd. and University Avenue and proceed west behind the outdoor practice fields and the Sports Performance Center. Fans are encouraged to line the streetway to greet the Red Raiders each gameday beginning two hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff.
NEW SECONDARY TICKET PROVIDER IN SEATGEEK
Texas Tech will have a new secondary ticket provider this season in SeatGeek. Texas Tech is already sold out of its primary ticket inventory for both the Oregon and Houston games and is nearly a similar capacity crowd for its final non-conference game against Tarleton State. Fans unable to purchase tickets for those three games through Texas Tech can do so via SeatGeek.
JOIN THE PARTY PREGAME AT RAIDER ALLEY PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT
There isn’t a better spot on gameday than Raider Alley presented by Bud Light. Raider Alley opens four hours prior to kickoff each Saturday, featuring plenty of entertainment for fans of all ages in the heart of the Texas Tech campus. Raider Alley will be headlined each week by a pregame musical act beginning two hours prior to kickoff each week. The Raider Alley Concert Series is sponsored by Davis Smith Law Firm and will feature exciting acts roughly two hours prior to kickoff each week during the season. Texas Tech will announce details regarding Raider Alley activities for the Thursday night contest with TCU in the coming weeks.
JONES AT&T STADIUM REMAINS FULLY CASHLESS
Jones AT&T Stadium is a fully cashless venue at all points of sale, including with the Texas Tech Ticket Office, all concession stands and with Red Raider Outfitter, the new gameday retailer of Texas Tech Athletics. All points of sale will accept credit and debit cards as well as contactless payment methods.
TEXAS TECH REMAINS 100 PERCENT MOBILE WITH TICKETS | FAQ
As a reminder, Texas Tech will continue to utilize mobile tickets, which can be downloaded to any Apple Wallet or Google Pay account prior to arrival at the stadium. For questions, please contact the Athletics Ticket Office at 806-742-TECH.
CITIBUS TO OPERATE SHUTTLE SERVICE FOR FANS
Citibus will provide roundtrip shuttle service beginning three hours prior to kickoff until one hour after the conclusion of the game at only $5 per person. Pick-up is located north of the John Walker Soccer Complex (Texas Tech Parkway & 10th Street) and northwest of Health Sciences Center (ADA Only, Texas Tech Parkway & 5th Street). Citibus will also provide fans shuttle service from the gameday parking lots to Raider Alley this season as part of its gameday transportation. The drop-off location on the north end of the Engineering Key is in addition to the normal Citibus gameday route.
Beginning this year, Citibus will only accept payment through the “Go Pass” app. Signage and QR codes will be available near each pickup location on gameday.
TEXAS TECH RE-ENTRY POLICY
Re-entry into Jones AT&T Stadium will not be permitted throughout the 2023 season. Fans must have a new ticket for admission back into the stadium.
TEXAS TECH FAN CODE OF CONDUCT
Texas Tech Athletics will introduce a new Fan Code of Conduct policy this season, utilizing the acronym R-A-I-D-E-R-S, which stands for the following:
- Respect: Fans shall show respect to all fans, teams, game officials and venue staff, free from disruptive, inconsiderate or unruly actions.
- Act: Fans shall act in a manner of good sportsmanship. Refraining from using abusive or obscene language or gestures.
- Identify: Fans are asked to help identify and report inappropriate behavior to venue staff.
- Directions: Fans shall comply with requests from venue staff regarding venue policies including emergency procedures. There is no smoking or vaping allowed in any athletics venue.
- Encourage: Fans are encouraged to act in a manner that is not detrimental to others, including fighting and throwing of objects. These actions will result in immediate ejection from the event.
- Responsible: Fans who choose to consume alcohol should do so in a legal and responsible manner. Fans may not engage in unauthorized commercial activity on venue property.
- Support: Fans are asked to follow this Code of Conduct. Violations may result in ejection from the venue without a ticket refund.
NO SMOKING OR VAPING ALLOWED INSIDE JONES AT&T STADIUM
Jones AT&T Stadium is a smoke-free facility (includes electronic cigarettes and vaping). There are no smoking areas within the stadium. Fans wishing to smoke outside the stadium will need a new ticket for admission.
CLEAR BAG POLICY
Texas Tech’s clear bag policy will remain in effect for all athletic venues during the 2023-24 athletic year. Fans will be able to bring the following style and size bag or package into the venue:
- Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12.”
- One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
- Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the venue with one of the clear plastic bags.
- An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection.
- Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be permitted into Jones AT&T Stadium.
Fans will once again be allowed to bring an unopened 20 ounce (or less) bottle of water into any outdoor athletics venue on campus this year. Please note that frozen water will not be allowed through the stadium gates. Opened bottles other than 20 ounce (or less) bottles will not be permitted. Empty drink containers are allowed into Jones AT&T Stadium and all athletic venues.
Guests carrying medically necessary bags or equipment into a venue will be required to have their bag inspected and tagged by security. For questions about medical equipment or other needs, please contact the Athletics Operations office at 806-834-7111.