The delicate beauty of red and white azalea's offers a striking contrast to the TCU Amon G. Carter Stadium, which is twelve stories high and seats 46,000 football fans.
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Our Grand Gridiron | Article by Rick Waters for The TCU Magazine
Close your eyes and listen. Can you hear it?
The rumble on the field.
The roar of the band.
The fans' frenzy as the Frogs finish off yet another opponent.
You can probably smell the hot dogs, too.
After all - Amon G. Carter Stadium is one of those places where the sights, sounds and smells never leave your memory. When it opened in 1930 - awestruck onlookers called it "magnificent in its beauty and magnitude." TCU had reached the big time. It had its own stadium.
Through the years - it has seen its share of heroes: Slingin' Sammy, Little Davey, Ki, Dutch, Abe, The Rusk Rambler, Bob Lilly, the Unbelieeeevable Frogs of '84 and LT. It has also hosted big games: conference showdowns, legendary upsets, bowl contests, even a "Game of the First-Half Century" in 1935.
In 2005, Amon G. Carter Stadium turned 75. It's been a remarkable span, especially for a stadium that might never have been built had the Frogs not been invited into the fledgling Southwest Conference in 1922. But tiny TCU - barely 1,000 students - was included, and the following season - the Frogs began conference play with SMU, Texas, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Rice and Oklahoma A&M - all schools they had faced off and on since fielding their first squad in 1897.
With annual games against notable regional opponents, crowds began to overflow at the old Clark Field - basically two wooden bleachers of 25 tiers enclosed by a wood fence east of University Drive. Even adding stands in the end zones wasn't enough to meet the demand. By 1927 - TCU trustees voted for a stadium and created the Athletics Committee to study the cost and figure out how to pay for it.
Meanwhile - the football team had superb timing, winning its first SWC crown in 1929, the same year the committee recommended that the university start a "quiet campaign" headed by Fort Worth Star-Telegram publisher Amon G. Carter to raise $150,000 for a stadium to seat roughly 30,000. Carter upped the ante. He suggested that Fort Worth residents raise 60 percent of the money for a stadium. Eventually - the sides settled on selling mortgage bonds to construct a $350,000 stadium that would seat 27,000 but could be expanded to 60,000.
Trustees endorsed the idea, and in 1929 a stadium took shape. On October 11th, 1930 - the Frogs played their first game there. The Horned Frog yearbook chronicled the event: "Fighting before a crowd of approximately 15,000 spectators, the Christians unleashed a vicious and unstoppable attack on the Arkansas Razorbacks, sweeping the Frogs to a 40-0 victory."
It was a crowning achievement, the perfect dedicatory battle.
In the years since - the grand old stadium has inspired Fort Worth and generations of TCU faithful as it did the Horned Frog Eleven on that first home game. And the university, recognizing the importance of football to the institution's history, has expanded Carter's vision. It's our campus treasure. Through wins and losses, memorable seasons and forgettable ones - Amon G. Carter Stadium is a reflection of the university's heritage.
What will the next 75 years bring? No one knows for sure. But as surely as coaches, players and teams have come and gone, and new ones will battle on its surface for decades to come, this hallowed ground will always be home of the Fightin' Horned Frogs of TCU.
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STADIUM PROJECT AT TEXAS CHRISTIAN APPROVED
April 15, 2010
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Fort Worth, Texas - Governing officials have approved a resolution supporting a $105 million
renovation project at Amon Carter Stadium, providing private fund-raising goals are met.
The renovation could begin as early as the end of next football season, said Vice Chancellor for
Finance and Administration Brian Gutierrez. Athletic Director Chris Del Conte and Gutierrez made a presentation to the board reviewing the latest status of the project.
"Amon G. Carter Stadium is in need of upgrades to facilitate better access to basic amenities
such as restrooms, concessions and the upper deck," Gutierrez said. "The overall fan experience will be significantly enhanced by the renovation as well."
The project will be entirely donor-funded and has a total budget of $105 million. Officials did not say how much has currently been pledged for the project.
"If we are able to complete fundraising by July 1, 2010, by securing the necessary pledges, then the project could begin as early as the end of the 2010 football season subject to and dependent upon Board of Trustees' approval," Gutierrez said.
The renovation project is being managed by HKS Inc., which has prepared multiple renderings that have popped up on TCU-centric blogs in the past few months.
TEXAS CHRISTIAN PREPPING FOR STADIUM RENOVATION
June 17, 2010
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Fort Worth, Texas - Reports say the athletic department at Texas Christian University has 80
percent of the money it needs for a $105 million renovation of Amon G. Carter Stadium. The school wants to have all funds in place by the end of the month.
Everyone - from TCU coach Gary Patterson to the highest members of the school's administration - has been working donors and wealthy alums to complete what one member of the department calls "the single biggest project in the history of TCU athletics."
The construction process would begin by tearing down the upper deck of the west side of the stadium, which includes the press box. The rest of the west side will be taken down to ground level. This process is projected to begin immediately after the completion of the 2010 season.
The Horned Frogs will play at Amon G. Carter Stadium while construction continues in 2011. Capacity for that season figures to be around 34,000.
When the west side is completed, the Frogs will play in 2012 at an expected capacity of just more than 40,000. Capacity for the stadium now is officially 44,358.
Amon G. Carter Stadium currently features a total of six luxury suites. The initial goal for the new stadium was 34 suites, but that figure has been reduced to 25.
The north end zone, which is currently open, calls for an upper deck with seats where a large scoreboard will rest over it. If, however, TCU is added to a "power conference" such as the Big 12, there are plans to completely close the north end zone and increase capacity to 50,000-55,000.
The west side of the stadium will be expanded by approximately 70 feet from its present day structure. The narrow concourses will be expanded, thus allowing for more vendors and specifically an increase in food and drink options. A TCU team store will also be a part of the new facility.
These developments will not, however, be the conclusion of the Amon G. Carter makeover.
Another $40 million project is in the works to remake the east side of the stadium. That process is tentatively targeted for either 2013 or 2014, with the final result expected to be on display for the 2015 season.
TCU PLANS STADIUM UPGRADE
August 19, 2010
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Fort Worth, Texas - Texas Christian University officials have announced a $105 million
upgrade to the 50-year-old Amon G. Carter Stadium, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The stadium's west side and north end zone will be completely revamped, thanks to 34 donors.
The first $15 million donation came from the Amon G. Carter Foundation after TCU's Board of Trustees created a stadium renovation committee in 2006.
The bulk of the donations were received in the last eight months, athletic director Chris Del Conte told the newspaper.
"We've been able to do something here that a lot of people said was impossible, especially in the economic environment we are in," TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini told the Star-Telegram. "I think people believe what they are investing in."
Construction will begin after the regular season, which will force the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl to move. The game, scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 30, will be played at SMU's Gerald J. Ford Stadium, according to the newspaper.
Renovations will not force TCU to move any of its home games for the 2011 season.
The renovation plans call for 24 luxury suites and up to 2,300 club seats on the west side. The 24,000 square feet of club-level space, when completed, will be roughly where the first two rows of the current upper deck sit. The club level will be sandwiched between two levels of seating, all perched above the field-level seats.
The west side, which currently towers over the east side with a double-decker set of seats with a 50-year old press box perched at the top, will be replaced. Construction crews will remove nearly every aspect of the west side down to the bottom concourse, leaving just the first 21 original rows of seats remaining, Dan Phillips, senior designer of HKS Sports and Entertainment Group, which designed Cowboys Stadium and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, told the Star-Telegram.
TCU's renovated stadium will seat 40,000 spectators with the ability to add 10,000 more seats in the future. The stadium currently seats 44,358. Against Utah last season, the Frogs' played in front of 50,307, the largest crowd in school history, because of standing-room-only tickets.
A new press box will be located in the northwest corner of the club level and will include a dining area. Upgraded concession stands will alleviate long wait times. Elevators and escalators will be added to help crowd flow and accessibility. Currently the stadium has two elevators, one of which is hand operated. One important feature will allow unobstructed views of the field from the west-side concourse.
"What will be unique about this compared with most other college facilities is you'll actually be able to stand on the main concourse and see the field," Phillips said.
TCU MOVING AHEAD WITH RENOVATION PLANS
April 14, 2011
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Fort Worth, Texas - The Fort Worth Star Telegram says Texas Christian University hopes to
have a completely renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium ready by the start of the 2012 season, including the east side grandstands.
The original renovation plans and push to raise $105 million in private donations did not include the east side, although school officials talked openly about the potential for that being a Phase 2 project several years down the road.
But after raising $127 million, TCU quietly decided to try to raise an additional $10 million to $15 million to finish the entire stadium by the 2012 season, the newspaper said.
"We've got a long ways to go, a lot of money to raise, but it's going great," TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte told the Star Telegram. "We feel good about the progress. We're moving as fast as we can to make sure that goal is accomplished by 2012."
The east side stands would be leveled similarly to the west side, where only the original first 20 rows remain. Concourses would connect the newly constructed north end zone upper deck with both the west and east sides.
The east side would match the stadium brick scheme that is already on display in the south end-zone suites.
TCU officials hope to raise the necessary donations soon, but Del Conte did not tell the newspaper if there is a deadline.
TCU ANNOUNCES MORE STADIUM PLANS
September 8, 2011
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Fort Worth, Texas - Texas Christian University announced that the ongoing $143 million
renovations to the 81-year old Amon G. Carter Stadium will include the east side stands, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reported.
Construction to the east side grandstands will begin after the Frogs' regular season finale Dec. 3. The first phase began last November. The entire project is expected to be completed next summer, well before the Frogs' host Grambling State Sept. 8, 2012.
The east side stands, which were originally erected in the 1950s, will take on a similar look as the already completed new double deck seating in the north end zone. The height of the east side upper deck will be parallel to the speakers currently sitting on the light poles of the current design. Capacity for the new stadium will be 43,000, with future expansion capabilities of over 50,000.
"This is an exciting day for TCU and Fort Worth," TCU chairman of the board of trustees Clarence Scharbauer said in a statement released by the school. "This truly defines the momentum we have on campus. The new Amon G. Carter Stadium is for all of TCU and Fort Worth. We will have an unbelievable stadium with all the modern amenities. There will be no better place to watch a game in a family-friendly environment."
The initial renovations were announced last August after TCU surpassed its goal of $105 million in private donations. After exceeding the donation goal by $38 million TCU began the process to include the east side renovations in the current construction job instead of delaying. TCU's Executive Committee, acting on behalf of the Board of Trustees, approved the final phase.