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Tech makes accommodations for fans while preparing for football season

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Constant change has been the greatest challenge for Texas Tech Athletics as it prepares for the season. Multiple Power 5 conferences announcing conference-only schedules throws another wrench in Tech's plans. 

Typically, Tech Athletics would be going to individual ticket sales now- but its holding off. 

Governor Abbott is allowing outdoor sporting venues to reach 50% capacity this fall, and for Tech, that roughly represents season ticket holders and student tickets alone. Tech is prepping for a safe fan experience. 

"If you have four seats right there, 1-4, there won't be anyone directly next to you, in front of you or behind you," Senior Associate Athletics Director Robert Giovannetti said. 

For extra caution, Giovannetti says his staff will likely by scaling Raider Alley (the school's tailgating center) back quite a bit. 

"Just because of the big crowds that gather in front of the bands. We don't want to encourage that kind of public health situation," Giovannetti said. 

The ACC, Big 10 and Pac 12 have announced conference-only schedules this fall. Texas Tech is scheduled to play Arizona at home on September 19th. Giovannetti said there are a lot of contingencies when it comes to potentially making that game up. 

"Do you want to go to a group of 5? Do you want to go to a different level? We're not close to that point yet. Those are things that will impact us in the future," Giovannetti said. 

The athletics department has had to deal with an unprecedented amount of change, but Giovannetti said they'll do all they can to not move the season. 

"We want to be able to play a football season, play a basketball season, play a soccer season," Giovannetti said. "If we can't play in the fall, obviously spring is something that we look at. All of our attention right now is towards playing this fall."

Tech is scheduled to open up its season September 5th against UTEP. Giovannetti said Tech needs clear direction by the end of July. 


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