The Lubbock Auditorium/Coliseum was built by Lubbock taxpayers in 1956. It is located on Texas Tech University property, and the City & University have shared use of the facilities and parking.
Texas Tech’s growth has filled the parking lot during the day and limited the event parking available to the Auditorium/Coliseum.
As maintenance and repair costs continue to mount for the aging facility, usage has declined.
Considering a new Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts & Sciences is being built downtown with private funding, does it make sense for City taxpayers to continue to pour funding into the 62-year-old Auditorium & Coliseum when there is limited use and increasing costs?
In 2017-18, there are only 11 events scheduled in the Auditorium and 5 in the Coliseum.
Even with the revenue from these 16 events, the facilities are scheduled to lose $628,195 in the City of Lubbock 2018 budget.
MORE $ NEEDED
It would take more than $14 million to bring both facilities up to date with air conditioning, lighting, roof replacement, and accessible seating needs.
What will Texas Tech do with the Auditorium/Coliseum if Lubbock voters
agree to abandon the structures to them?
Texas Tech University President
If approved by voters, Texas Tech will honor all events booked at the facilities through 2019.