"With all of the excitement and enthusiasm surrounding this year's team, I am not surprised at the success we had in selling out our season tickets," Texas Tech Director of Athletics Gerald Myers said. "This is a credit to the coaches and student-athletes that provide one of the greatest experiences in college football and a true testament to our fan base that stepped up and made this happen."
The department sold 41,732 season tickets (including student season tickets) for the 2008 season, eclipsing the previous record of 40,436 sold during the 2005 Cotton Bowl season. Individual game tickets still remain for six of the seven Red Raider home games. The athletics department announced late last week that the Texas game had sold out.
"We have the greatest fans in college football," Red Raider Head Coach Mike Leach said. "We have the best home-field advantage in the Big 12 Conference and it's due to the 50,000-plus that fill Jones AT&T Stadium each week."
In response to season tickets selling out, Texas Tech will offer a three-game package that will include tickets to the Eastern Washington, Oklahoma State and Baylor games for $125 – a savings of $30 over the individual purchase of each game. These packages will be available until August 30. All remaining games are available for individual purchase.
The Red Raiders enter the season riding a No. 12 national ranking by the Associated Press, marking the highest preseason ranking in 31 years for a Texas Tech squad. Tech also is No. 14 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Texas Tech opens the season against Eastern Washington on Aug. 30 at Jones AT&T Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
For ticket information, contact the Texas Tech Athletic Ticket Office at (888) GO-BIG-12 or (806) 742-TECH. Tickets also are available on-line at www.texastech.com.