One week before the start of the 2012 baseball season, the Red Raider baseball team, fans and Texas Tech University officials celebrated the opening of the newly renovated and expanded Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
“This is a great day for Texas Tech and our baseball program,” said Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance. “We have great facilities and that doesn’t happen without great friends and alumni.”
Renovations to the ball park were funded entirely by private donations. A total of $5 million was raised prior to construction, which counted toward the system’s $1 billion fundraising goal for Vision & Tradition: The Campaign for Texas Tech.
An anonymous donor provided $2.5 million for the project and requested that it be named in honor of Rip Griffin, a Lubbock business man, baseball fan and alumnus of Texas Tech University who also contributed to the effort. The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents renamed the expanded facility Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park in keeping with the university’s policies on major gifts.