The Amon G Carter Stadium at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth will undergo a $100 million upgrade after funding for the project was approved.
The plans for the home of the university football team include additional luxury seating, two private clubs, 1,000 additional club seats, and a large balcony that will overlook Frog Alley. Work is expected to get underway in May 2018.
Taking place on the east side of the stadium, the updates will increase the popular premium seating options for Frog fans as well as create several new spaces that can be used for outside events on game days.
Additionally, TCU will update the north end zone video board, expanding it and bringing it up to standards from across the conference and country.
The project calls for two new levels of luxury seating above the current upper deck on the east side of the stadium.
The expansion will include 48 loge boxes with two private clubs, over 1,000 club seats and 20 luxury suites. There will also be a 100-foot outdoor balcony overlooking Frog Alley, the TCU campus and downtown Fort Worth as well as vast additional premium space that can be used for outside events on game days. Additionally, a new video board will be installed in the north end zone.
While construction is expected to begin this spring, it won’t be completed in time for the 2018 season.
That means a season in an unfinished stadium, which could displace fans for the coming campaign.
TCU director of intercollegiate athletics Chris Del Conte said:
“We are very grateful to our Board of Trustees for their support on this project,” “In this ever-changing landscape of collegiate athletics, you need to reinvest in your facilities. This project will position us well for the future.
The expansion would not be possible without the passion of our fan base. There is demand for premium seating and suites. As is always the case at TCU, we must secure the funding in advance before construction can begin. We are confident the TCU Horned Frogs family will again be up to the challenge as they have been for our other recent projects, including the rebuild of Amon G. Carter Stadium and the opening of the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena.
TCU deputy athletics director for external affairs Jeremiah Donati said:
Our fans and donors have expressed a strong desire for more premium seating before and throughout the feasibility process we conducted.
We believe this proposed balance of suites, loge boxes and club seating will provide an enhanced game-day experience for our fans that will rival any other in college football.
The second round comes just six years after a $164 million renovation that coincided with the move into the Big 12 Conference.
The first round, also spearheaded by Del Conte, was raised completely prior to construction began and was an impressive feat by the private university, proving that they could indeed be players on the big stage.