Construction will begin in January 2013 to create a colonnade on the north end of the Jones AT&T Stadium and will be finished by August 2013.
The Board of Regents approved the $5 million project presented by the Facilities Committee at its meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
The expansion will create approximately 368 seats and add an observation deck with an occupancy load of about 40 seats, Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning and Construction Michael Molina said.
The colonnade will consist of 11 columns and will retain Texas Tech’s Spanish Renaissance style, he said.
Along with connecting the west, north end zone seating with the east, north end zone seating, the colonnade will close off the north end of the stadium bowl.
This, Molina said, creates an arena or coliseum feel to the stadium.
“It’s a very exciting solution,” Molina said. “It’s so simple.”
Molina said the colonnade will be architecturally ornamented, making it aesthetically pleasing.
“It’s a beautiful view from the stadium and a beautiful view from Marsha Sharp Freeway,” he said.
The seating, Molina said, does not go to the top of the stadium because there is no great demand for seating in that area.
His office, he said, created a hybrid with eight to 10 rows of normal seating with seat backs and the observation deck behind it.
Molina said the observation deck will be available for the public to rent and watch the game from the area.
Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt liked the end zone seats at the Texas Christian University stadium and it gave his office the idea of the colonnade, Molina said.
“It just kind of helped solidfy, ‘You know that really is a good view,’” he said. “People do want to sit down there as long as they can see the field. That’s why we didn’t go up so high, so you’re not in the nose bleed, you’re really down in the mix of it.”
The colonnade will be added to the contract with the partner who is constructing the video scoreboard, Molina said. The two will now be one project and will be completed by kick-off next year.
Chancellor Kent Hance said the colonnade will give the stadium the look of a bowl.
“It’s really going to be beautiful,” he said. “I think it’s going to be really exciting.”
Molina said the project will be paid for by the Revenue Finance System and repaid with donations to the university.