Amon G. Carter Stadium may be getting another facelift – though only to its premium seating.
The TCU Board of Trustees have approved the athletics department to proceed with fundraising for an east side premium seating expansion of Amon G. Carter Stadium.
The project, with an estimated total cost of $100 million, 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.
Construction, contingent on the necessary funds being raised, would begin in May 2018 with completion prior to the start of the 2019 season.
“We are very grateful to our Board of Trustees for their support on this project,” said Chris Del Conte, TCU director of intercollegiate athletics. “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,” he said.
Funding will be secured before construction will begin, Del Conte said.
“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,” he said.
In addition to the new premium seating and suite areas, the east side expansion of Amon G. Carter Stadium would include meeting space for corporate events to provide year-round use of the facility.
“Our fans and donors have expressed a strong desire for more premium seating before and throughout the feasibility process we conducted,” TCU Deputy Athletics Director for External Affairs Jeremiah Donati said. “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.”
Amon G. Carter Stadium, TCU’s longtime football home, reopened in 2012 after a $164 million rebuild. It coincided with the Horned Frogs’ debut season in the Big 12.