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TCU has begun renovating Amon G. Carter Stadium

Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:05 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2011 2:06 pm

Posted by Tom Fornelli

As you can see in the photo above, when TCU said that its renovation of the east side of Amon G. Carter Stadium would begin immediately following the season, they weren't kidding. This is all part of a $164 million renovation plan that began last season with the north and west side of the stadium, and will be completed before the beginning of the 2012 season.

Which is pretty good timing considering that 2012 is when TCU will begin play in the Big 12 next season. The seating capacity for the stadium this season had been reduced to 34,000 but will be at 43,000 with the possibility to expand to 50,000 in the future.

The stadium opened in 1930.

Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:14 pm

TCU has begun renovating Amon G. Carter Stadium

OU is smaller than Texas Tech by 2000 and smaller than Mizzou by 3000. Mizzou's football stadium seats 71000 and te Tech stadium seats just over 60000 but yeah OU has a bigger stadium by far seating 80,000+. The BIg 12 is weird in that way with stadiums being bigger or smaller than one would think givin a schools loaction

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:48 pm

TCU has begun renovating Amon G. Carter Stadium

I think people forget that outside Texas, Texas A&M, and OU; the rest of the Big 12 is actually made up of smaller schools - OSU is just now over 20 thousand and has been near sell out in their previously 48K and now 60K stadium for the last 30 years.   TCU will be a great addition as there will be more fans (both TCU and opponents) and new/old rivalries will be born.   The rest of the Big12 outside of (if I remember correctly) Missouri are all about 20K in students and most have about 50K stadiums.    Good experience even as visitors in most of these games.   

Conversely, I've been to Austin and though a great stadium; 100K is impressive but I've been in the corner trying to see the field; at the top and cheered for my white and orange ants; and have been about row 30 on the 30 and really enjoyed that game.   Think it depends but most of the time prefer either a good 30th row like seat or otherwise will take the couch.

P.S.-TCU started the renovation 2 years ago, not just now when they are joining the Big 12; but please don't let journalistic integrity get in the way of a crappy headline.

Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:36 am

TCU has begun renovating Amon G. Carter Stadium

The people in Waco are really pushing for Baylor to build a new stadium. The current stadium isn't on campus and is in fact across I-35. They released a rendering of the proposal and it looks great. It's a horseshoe design with the open end facing a river. Baylor makes a good point that most fans who go to the home games never set foot on campus and there are just a few BCS schools that play off-campus.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:53 pm

TCU has begun renovating Amon G. Carter Stadium

i would think that when TCU plays Texas or OU, they would want to make sure that the game is at home, in their stadium.  If they schedule the game for Jerryworld, there would be more Texas or OU fans than there would be TCU fans.  TCu would, in effect, be playing both of these teams away every year.  If TCU wants to schedule a non-con game against a quality opponent at Jerryworld, that is fine, but not a conference opponent who would outdraw them fan wise.  This still will be the samllest stadium in the Big 12, though once it reaches it's 50,000 seat capacity, will will tie for that honor with the two Kansas teams and Baylor.

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:40 pm

TCU has begun renovating Amon G. Carter Stadium

It will be interesting to see shat happens after this year.  When TCU played A&M, Arkansas and Texas they would get close to sellouts before, but otherwise the stadium has been less than 3/4 full (or much worse) over the last 45 years.  Of course that usually included a horrible TCU team vs a regional power or more recently a really good TCU team vs. some far away WAC/CUSA/MWC foe.  With a really good TCU playing OK St., OU, TX, TX Tech and the rest of the Big XII, they should definetely have to take the stadium up to 50,000.  I haven't seen anything on expanding beyond that though.  Even as good as TCU has become, it is still a small private religious based school without the strong community ties that alot of colleges recieve in their hometown, though the last three years have finally seen that change somewhat.  The new stadium has a really quaint feel (think Camden yards) and is right in the middle of the dorms and frats/sorority row so I think 50k may be the max to keep that "feel."

Perhaps 1 game a year say OU or TX at Cowboy stadium but otherwise I think the new stadium will be a good size with a strong homefield advantage. 

Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:25 pm

TCU has begun renovating Amon G. Carter Stadium

A 43,000 stadium seems pretty small for a school going into a BCS Conference. What happens whn Texas and OU come to play? Cowboy Stadium?

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