Amon G. Carter Stadium
Amon G. Carter Stadium is an open-air football stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. It is the home stadium of the TCU Horned Frogs football team, the Horned Frogs. It also hosts the annual Armed Forces Bowl, which has been played since 2003. It was named after Amon G. Carter, a prominent Fort Worth businessman, newspaper publisher, and city booster. The stadium in undergoing a $115 million rebuilding of its West Stand, which began immediately after the 2010 football season. The stadium was constructed from 1929 to 1930 and had an original seating capacity of 22,000. It was built to replace Clark Field. Dedication of the stadium was on October 11, 1930. TCU defeated the University of Arkansas, 40-0. Several different expansions of stadium's end zone and east grand stands took place in the 1940s and 1950s. The first of the expansions took place in 1948, with construction raising the capacity by 8,500 to 30,500. In 1951 and 1953, 2,500 and 4,000 more seats were added to the sections giving the facility 37,000 seats. A two-level press box was added to the structure in 1956. That same year, an upper deck was added that features a giant 60 ft. x 120 ft. display of the school's logo, the curved purple & white "TCU". The letters were displayed on bleacher seats and clearly visible when flying into DFW airport. The upper deck brought the stadium capacity to 46,083 Improvements were made to the seating in 1985 and 1991. First the seats in the lower grandstands were removed and aluminum seats were put in their place. Then the upper-deck seats were replaced with the aluminum seats. In 1992, the artificial turf, which had been in place since 1973, was replaced with natural grass. Today, with seating modifications and removals, the stadium seats 44,008 spectators. In 2002, the David E. Bloxom, Sr. Foundation helped install a new scoreboard and videoboard. In addition, TCU recently completed its expansion of the John Justin Athletic Center, which is attached to the stadium complex. Bids are under review to 3/4-bowl the stadium; some estimate this would bring the stadium to a seating capacity of nearly 50,000. Amon G. Carter Stadium most recently sold out for the October 24th, 2010 TCU vs. Air Force game; the announced attendance was 47,593. The previous sell-outs occurred on September 25, 2010 against Baylor, the Utah Utes in 2009, and then on September 16, 2006 when TCU defeated Texas Tech 12”“3, and prior to that was on November 17, 1984, when the 12th-ranked TCU fell to 10th-ranked Texas in a regionally televised contest on ABC. The attendance at the '84 Texas game was listed as 47,280. That was the record until the '09 Utah game, which was played before 50,307. TCU's 2010 attendance average through two games is 43,630. The player's football practice and locker room facilities are located directly below and adjacent to the stadium luxury boxes and Daniel Myer Coliseum, including the "Slingin' Sammy" Sam Baugh indoor 80-yard practice field. TCU will host a Super Bowl XLV participant at its facilities during all practices leading up the game in Arlington, TX.

2010 Renovation
On Monday, August 16, 2010, TCU announced a $105 million renovation of the west side and north end zone of Amon G. Carter Stadium to better enhance football fans' experience, upgrade amenities and transform the historic Fort Worth icon into the " Camden Yards" of collegiate football stadiums. Work on the renovation, which is funded by donor support, began with the implosion of the west stands on December 5, 2010. It will be fully completed in 2012. Watch video of the implosion.


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