United Spirit ArenaTexas Tech Raiders
United Spirit Arena is a multi-purpose arena on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The 15,020-seat arena opened in 1999 and is home to the Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball, Texas Tech Lady Raiders basketball and Texas Tech Red Raiders women's volleyball teams. United Supermarkets, a Lubbock based supermarket chain with numerous stores in West Texas and North Texas, was a major financial contributor and was granted naming rights to the building. Prior to the building of the arena, the teams played in the nearby City Bank Coliseum. Recently, the United Spirit Arena was host of the first and second rounds of the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.
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The first basketball game was played in the arena on November 19, 1999. Texas Tech lost 68-60 to Indiana, whose legendary coach Bob Knight would later become the head coach of Texas Tech's men's basketball team. Elton John's performance on February 8, 2000 was the first concert to be held at United Spirit Arena. In the summer of 2002, Britney Spears brought her Dream Within a Dream Tour to the arena. After the second song, "(You Drive Me) Crazy", a power outage occurred and the rest of the concert had to be canceled. Spears, along with her tour manager, came onstage to explain the situation to the sold out crowd. Due to Spears being overbooked for the entire tour, there was no time to reschedule the concert. United Spirit Arena hosted WWE RAW (the first RAW ever to be hosted in Lubbock) in May 2006. On January 1, 2007, a 70-68 defeat of New Mexico by Texas Tech marked the 880th total win for Bob Knight, making him the winningest coach in men's college basketball history. On May 4, 2007, the Houston Comets with former Lady Raiders Sheryl Swoopes and Erin Grant played a WNBA exhibition game against the Detroit Shock with Plenette Pierson, also a former Lady Raider. In 2008, Champions on Ice made its United Spirit Arena debut, having moved over from Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. At the same time, Cirque du Soleil made its first Lubbock-area appearance. On October 14, 2011, Taylor Swift made her first ever appearance at the United Spirit Arena with her Speak Now World Tour. Tickets for the show were sold out within twenty minutes after going on sale, the fastest sell-out in United Spirit Arena history.
- On east concourse
Lots C16 and C17 - General
- General Admission (Men's): $6.00-$8.00
- PSL Area (Men's): $25.00-$30.00
- No event is scheduled here.
- Throughout facility
Double T Zone
- Mezzanine Lobby
- Texas Tech Men's Basketball news
- Crockett Named Third Team All-Big 12
- Crockett leads Texas Tech over Texas, 59-53
- Red Raiders Host Senior Day Against Texas
- Texas Tech Drops Contest to No. 8 Kansas, 82-57
- Red Raiders In Search Of Elusive Win In Lawrence
- Five Tech Athletes Earn Dr. Gerald Lage Awards
- Texas Tech Falls to Baylor, 59-49
- Red Raiders Look For Series Sweep Against Baylor
- Five Red Raiders Named Academic All-Big 12
- All items are subject to a visual inspection
- Designated outside areas
- No video.
- Must be small