After what we witnessed Texas Tech pull off for the Chris Beard reunion in Austin during college basketball season, it is becoming a common theme for Texas Tech fans to travel, and travel in full force. Due to the faithful fan base, one Big 12 AD is now trying to slow down Red Raiders enthusiasts from taking over his stadium.
TCU AD Jeremiah Donati rolled out a plan that does not allow Texas Tech fans to purchase single-game tickets for their match up in Fort Worth this fall. Instead, you will only be able to purchase tickets through Texas Tech’s ticket allotment or a season ticket package through TCU.
This caused a response from both Texas Tech’s Athletics Twitter account as well as fans. The Red Raiders’ account tweeted out stating that tickets would be sold to ALL seven home games, throwing salt at TCU.
TCU AD Jeremiah Donati‘s mentions were promptly blown up after the news, with fans questioning the AD’s plan. This didn’t keep Donati quiet, as he confirmed the news and even foreshadowed what is to come this basketball season.
The plan to keep Texas Tech out of their venue is an interesting one knowing the Horned Frogs struggle with football attendance, but Donati and his athletic department seems to be more concerned about opposing fans rather than his own.
This is the first time that an opposing AD has openly admitted to trying to keep traveling fan bases out of their stadium. We saw the way the Texas vs. Texas Tech game played out in Austin, with the Longhorns trying to quietly stop the Red Raider’ faithful from filling the Frank Erwin Center with red, but that didn’t stop Texas Tech from figuring out a way around it.
With TCU being in the middle of one of the largest metro areas in America, and saturated in Texas Tech’s second-largest alumni base, they struggle to fill their arenas with school colors, no matter how good its teams are. Although TCU takes measures to try and keep red out of their stadium, you can bet that this won’t stop Texas Tech fans from making the trip to Fort Worth to invade Amon G. Carter Stadium. In fact, this could cause more fans to have the desire to travel just to prove a point that they have one of the best fan bases in the Big 12, and even the country.
Due to how TCU’s stadium has looked in the past, it is hard to imagine much of an improvement for the Horned Frogs’ attendance, especially with some of the success they have had in previous years on the field. The first and only time TCU has sold out an entire season dates back to 2012, which was the first year the Horned Frogs joined the Big 12. Since then, attendance has gone down and been a topic of concern, with TCU struggling to fill Amon G. Carter Stadium, with a capacity of 50,000.