Texas Tech Basketball continues to build via generous donation

LUBBOCK, TX - FEBRUARY 13: Keenan Evans
LUBBOCK, TX - FEBRUARY 13: Keenan Evans /

Texas Tech Basketball continues to build both men’s and women’s programs via a generous donation earmarked for a new facility.

Texas Tech Basketball calls the United Supermarkets Arena “home,” but as is the case with most of Texas Tech Athletics’ programs, the facilities are falling well behind, which affects recruiting and national exposure.

With the Texas Tech unveiling the Sports Performance Center, and upgraded locker rooms for the football program, it was only a matter of time before Tech unveiled renderings for a new basketball facility, despite recent locker room upgrades, and a new video board.

On Wednesday, Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt announced a generous $10 million gift to The Campaign for Fearless Champions from Dusty and Leisha Womble, that according to the official press release, will be used in the construction for The Dustin R. Womble Basketball Practice Facility.

Here’s a look at the renderings:

The Texas Tech Basketball facility is slated to include two spectacular indoor practice courts, lounge, film and meeting rooms, strength and conditioning facilities, coaches’ offices, nutrition centers, and rooms designed for rehabilitation and sports medicine. With Texas Tech’s continued commitment to athletes’ overall health and conditioning, facilities upgrades throughout all sports should have a dramatic impact on the overall products in time, therefore, continued contributions to the Campaign are essential to building the Texas Tech brand to a competitive level.

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The basketball facility is slated to be built north of the United Supermarkets Arena on Indiana Avenue, with a project budget around $23 million. Hocutt is hopeful the $10 million donation by the Womble Family accelerates contributions to the Campaign for Fearless Champions, which has already funded 22 projects related to Texas Tech Athletics since August 2014.

“My collegiate years at Texas Tech prepared me for a successful business career. This gift is my opportunity to say ‘thank you’ and to give back to the university that has provided so much for me and for my family,” Womble said during the press conference. “Prior to today, many great Red Raiders have laid the building blocks for athletics success. Now is our time to step up and further that vision Kirby has articulated in our Campaign for Fearless Champions.

The Dustin R. Womble Basketball Practice Facility and a dining hall for student-athletes are two of seven remaining projects on deck for Texas Tech’s renovation and construction plan. Additionally, these projects are set to include continued renovations to Jones AT&T Stadium, upgrades to the Football Training Facility, renovations at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park, the McLeod Tennis Center, and the Marsha Sharp Center for Student-Athletes.

Next: Texas Tech Football releases 2018 season schedule

While the Campaign for Fearless Champions will require continued fundraising, the return on investments will be infinite, and could finally put Texas Tech Basketball, and Texas Tech Athletics as a whole, in a truly competitive arena–particularly in the Big 12. If you’d like to learn more about the Campaign, please visit this link.