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Texas Tech to take ownership of coliseum, auditorium next week

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Texas Tech will take ownership of the Municipal Auditorium and Coliseum next week, with a formal vote to abandon from Lubbock city council.

Councilman Jeff Griffith says the time line from there is all on the university. Tech basketball will hold throw-back games there this season and the Coliseum will host the ABC Pro Rodeo in Spring 2019. A demolition date is not yet set.

Griffith suggests new facilities like the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts will better serve Lubbock.

"I've got a picture on my phone of when it was first built that I've kept," Griffith said. "I've been to a lot of games and a lot of events my whole life in those buildings. So it is tender, but its time has come."

Griffith says the city will save $600,000 a year in maintenance and millions of dollars it would take to refurbish the facilities over the next few years.

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