Texas Tech Begins Donor-Funded Renovations to Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park
Larger video board, FieldTurf surface to enhance ballpark for student-athletes and fans
Texas Tech will continue to improve on of the top baseball facilities in the country with nearly $1 million in renovations to Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt announced the scheduled projects were fully-funded and ready to begin construction on Nov. 13 during a news conference updating fans on The Campaign for Fearless Champions.
As part of the upgrades, Texas Tech will replace the current video board at Rip Griffin Park with the one that previously occupied the north end zone of Jones AT&T Stadium and lay down a new FieldTurf surface across Dan Law Field. Both projects are slated to be completed in time for the 2016 season for the four-game series against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Feb. 19.
“The expanded video board and new playing field will greatly enhance what is already one of the top baseball facilities in the country,” Hocutt said. “Part of our goal with The Campaign for Fearless Champions is to continue to provide our fans with the best game day experiences possible, and this new video board will help us to deliver on that promise.”
Outlining Hocutt’s bold vision for the future growth of Texas Tech Athletics, The Campaign for Fearless Champions is enhancing athletic facilities, investing in scholarship endowments and growing the Fearless Champions Leadership Academy. Gifts to the initiative have already funded 13 of 25 planned facility projects, including improvements to Jones AT&T Stadium and United Supermarkets Arena.
The campaign’s current priority is securing the remaining $3.8 million needed to begin construction on the Sports Performance Center by March 1. Conceived as a multi-sport facility impacting Texas Tech student-athletes across all 17 sports, the $48 million building includes indoor facilities for track and football as well as nutrition and strength and conditioning centers for all sports, including Red Raider baseball.
Following the renovations, the video board’s screen size will double to 48-by-22 feet, encompassing the entire width of the current scoreboard and giving Texas Tech one of the largest screens in college baseball.
Construction crews are already installing the new FieldTurf surface ahead of the start of spring practices in January. The video board project will start in early December.
“These enhancements to Rip Griffin Park can’t be understated, and doing both projects at once says a lot about Texas Tech’s commitment to our student-athletes and fans,” said Tim Tadlock, Texas Tech head baseball coach. “The new FieldTurf surface being installed on Dan Law Field is an incredible investment in our student-athletes’ safety and performance, and it will also be a big selling point as we continue to recruit future Red Raiders here to Texas Tech.”
The existing scoreboard at Rip Griffin Park was installed prior to the start of the 2004 season and the Field Turf surface on Dan Law Field was laid in 2007. Both projects are designed to add to the game day experience for student-athletes and fans, continuing investments in player safety and ballpark amenities that were last upgraded in 2012 when luxury suites, grandstand seating and the press box were renovated.