After demo, east-side stadium work on schedule
by Rick Waters '95
Updated: Thursday, April 05, 2012
Three months after the December demolition of the east side of Amon G. Carter Stadium, steel framework and the beginnings of seating is rising up from the construction site.
By May, the east side double-deck stands will be fully constructed, with work on the concourses and facade still to complete. The bottom 20 rows of the east side were not a part of the demolition, but that section is getting new bleacher seating.
The $164 million renovation project remains on schedule, says Jeff Horn, senior superintendent for Austin Construction.
Anticipated capacity remains about 45,000, says Ross Bailey, associate athletics director for operations. Plans allow for future expansion, up to 50,000.
The football team’s first game of the season will be Sept. 8 against Grambling State. With a victory, Gary Patterson will surpass Dutch Meyer and become TCU’s all-time winningest coach.
Meanwhile, interior framing continues at a rapid pace on the Walsh Complex renovation. A new hydrotherapy area in the sports medicine center now has its foundation and walls in place. Equipment Services also will have expanded space inside the Walsh Complex.
The football team will also move into its new 8,000-square-foot locker room, formerly the site of the weight room, in time for August two-a-days.
“We can see the end in sight, and the stadium is going to be as spectacular as we’ve hoped. Fans are going to love this place,” Bailey said.