Texas Tech Athletics Makes Schedule Changes Due to Weather Forecast
The weather for this weekend is now at threat level "cancel everything," and Texas Tech Athletics has done just that.
Most notably, the Red and Black game scheduled to happen Saturday, April 16 has been canceled. An open practice/scrimmage will be hosted instead on Friday, April 15 at 3:30 p.m. The practice will be inside Jones AT&T Stadium. Fans are asked to enter through gates 1 and 6, both of the south gates.
"We want to take full advantage of each of the 15 practices the NCAA allocates during the spring," Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "Based on the weather projections from the National Weather Service, we feel our best opportunity to close spring practices in ideal conditions is Friday afternoon."
Texas Tech has also canceled the "Meet Your Seat" event scheduled for Saturday morning as well as the ceremony that was scheduled for the Sports Performance Center. The Red Raider Open slated for this weekend at the Fuller Track and Field Complex has also been cancelled due to forecasted high winds.
"We do not want many of our loyal fans to drive to Lubbock on Saturday, only for us to cancel several our events as they arrive," Texas Tech Senior Associate Athletics Director Robert Giovannetti said. "That is why these decisions are being made today. The safety of our fans, coaches and student-athletes is always a priority when we host home events. We have communicated with the National Weather Service throughout this week and their projections do not indicate that our football or track and field programs will be best served by competing on Saturday."
The baseball team has moved their start times to 12 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, weather permitting. Which means that Tech will cancel these games instead of rescheduling the games to squeeze in double headers.
Texas Tech is also planning an open football practice and fan appreciation event this August. More details on that event will be announced this summer.
Here is a full list of changes to this weekend’s schedule (via Texastech.com)
Football – The annual Spring Football Game has been cancelled. The Red Raiders will instead hold an open practice for all fans beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon inside Jones AT&T Stadium.
Baseball – The series schedule for this weekend has been adjusted to 12 p.m. first pitches on both Friday and Saturday. Tech and San Diego State will continue to close the series at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
Track & Field – The Red Raider Open scheduled for Friday and Saturday has been canceled.
“Meet Your Seat” – The Meet Your Seat event hosted by the Texas Tech Ticket Office on Saturday has been canceled.
Sports Performance Center Groundbreaking Ceremony – The groundbreaking ceremony for the Sports Performance Center slated for Saturday morning has been canceled. It has not been rescheduled at this time.
Jess Stiles Letter Winners Golf Tournament – The tournament is slated to be played as scheduled Friday morning at The Rawls Course.
Red Raider Club Open House – The open house for the new Red Raider Club offices has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date.