High winds cause dangerous damage to Jones AT&T Stadium

Reported by: Caitlin Napoleoni
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Updated: 5/03/2013 5:15 am
Sustained winds in West Texas upwards of 30 miles per hour are not uncommon. And of course, sometimes they can cause damage.

Thursday morning, the damage was at Jones AT&T Stadium on Texas Tech's campus, where the radius of the southeast light standard has been roped off and evacuated due to concerns that it may collapse.

The south end zone offices, athletic training facility and football training facility were evacuated, close to 200 employees sent home. Cars in the area were also towed as a safety precaution.

Until the winds die down, it has been a waiting game to see if the standard does fall. Blayne Beal is the Associate Athletics director at Texas Tech.

"We're taking it very seriously. I think it certainly is a possibility or we would not have evacuated. It doesn't look good right now, we're just trying to continue to watch the situation. I would say it doesn't look good." Beal said.

If it doesn't fall, a crew will go in on Friday morning to take the light down safely. Beal said this situation has never happened before at Tech. When the weather calms down, an evaluation of the lighting structures will be done to ensure future safety.
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