It only seemed like the other day that it was being announced that Dan Law Field would be receiving a $5 million face-lift before the start of the 2012 season.
Eight months and 16 days later the newly named Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park is nearing completion to be opened for the first time to the public on Opening Day February 17 when Texas Tech faces Missouri State at 4 p.m.
As a part of the project the old press boxes and suites were removed and replaced by bigger suites, new television and radio booths and a new press box.
A new awning has also been installed that provides shade for a portion of the seats and enhances the overall look of the stadium.
Another new feature is the coach's offices down the first base line and the stadium club seating as well.
The biggest change was the removal of the old backstop, poles and net and the expansion of the seats down to almost field level with a new high-tension net in place with no poles obstructing the fans view of the playing field.
1,187 individual chair-back seats were installed right behind home plate, and all the remaining benches have been repainted.
Because of the renovations the overall seating capacity of the stadium went from 4,466 down to 4,368 , but Tech head coach Dan Spencer said the overall fan experience would now be enhanced with all the changes made to the ballpark.
DAN LAW FIELD RENOVATION TIMELINE
May 13, 2011 – Enhancements to Dan Law Field Announced
June 24, 2011 – Groundbreaking of the Renovation Project
August 1, 2011 – Day 1 of Construction
October 13, 2011 – New name for Stadium Approved
November 8, 2011 – Texas Tech Announces Baseball Schedule
January 27 – First Day of Spring Practice
February 17 – Opening Day