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Texas Tech regents approve alcohol sales, new basketball facility

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Texas Tech Board of Regents held a meeting Thursday approving several measures regarding the campus and sports program.

One of the highlights was the approval of the motion to allow the sale of alcohol on game days.

Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt said he hopes to see this implemented some time during this basketball season.

"It's been something we've talked about for quite some time now. As you look across the country, it's becoming more and more the norm than it was even five years ago," Hocutt said.

Hocutt added there will clearly be some strict parameters, but he said data from other Big 12 schools showed stadium safety may actually improve.

"There is a correlation for the sale of beer and wine in stadiums that there is a significant reduction into alcohol-related incidents in the stadium during games," Hocutt said.

Other measures also approved by the board include a new basketball center, set to break ground in January, as well as a $20 million renovation to the football facility. 

Hocutt said this will help Tech become an even more appealing destination for potential recruits. 

"Facilities are important. A lot of times, they're the distinguishing characteristic for when a young person decides where they're going to spend the next four or five years of their life competing in athletics and where they want their degree to come from. I'm not sure if that's good or bad, but that's the reality," Hocutt said.

Overall, Hocutt said he hopes these measures will drive more people to games, and in the end, more checks in the win column.

"An experience that is unrivaled and that you can't get by staying home. So you want to come to Jones AT&T Stadium, you want to come to United Supermarkets Arena for the lifelong memories and the experiences, and being part of the action that we're going to try and create for our fans," Hocutt said.

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