Super Regional helps Lubbock economy

Super Regional helps Lubbock economy

LUBBOCK, Texas -

It's the third time in six years the Red Raiders are hosting a Super Regional. 

Eddie McBride, with the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, says it couldn't have come at a better time.

"There's two noticeable times in Lubbock that impacts business as well as our transportation; when schools is out, and when school is back on so it's a definite difference," McBride said. 

Tech Athletics found out Monday that the Red Raiders are hosting the second round of the NCAA tournament. 

"This is huge for the community, it's huge for the university and it's really great to have the Super Regional here this weekend. If you look at it from the attention that we draw here locally to affect the economy, which is great, but also the national attention," McBride said. 

The chamber relies heavily on the university's enrollment, and the national recognition has a sizable impact on that. 

"Whenever you have Texas Tech being so prominently featured in any athletic endeavor that brings national attention you'll see an uptick in the enrollment in that particular year based on their success on the gridiron, or the basketball court, or the diamond," McBride said. 

The school sold it's seats originally at $100 for the whole series. Now, a ticket for each game is $250 dollars in the secondary market. Robert Giovannetti with Texas Tech advises to be cautious when purchasing them on the secondary market. 

"Just be careful when dealing with resellers. A lot of them are actually legitimate, but make sure you have an actual physical ticket in hand. This isn't a print at home like during the regular season. This is an NCAA event there needs to be an actual ticket in hand. Know who you're dealing with when you get those secondary market tickets," Giovannetti said. 


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