A visit to 'Texas Construction University'
Curtis toured the new stadium and along the way, took a look back at the road that led TCU from out of the Southwest Conference and into the Big 12.
It was a richly ironic moment when the Big 12, which looked like it was about to go the way of the Southwest Conference, started courting the Frogs. So here’s the new TCU, a small school engaged in an arms race with the big boys. TCU has only 8,200 undergrads — a few more than Duke. According to Cohen, there are fewer than 80,000 living TCU alums. (The current student enrollment at Texas, by way of comparison, is 51,000.) But on December 1, TCU will have a home game against Oklahoma. This is where the mass construction comes in.
We enter the $15 million suites. Unlike the skyboxes of the super-rich, they’re built right into the middle of lower deck — just 11 rows from the field. Behind the suites is a cavernous room with a brick fireplace called the Founders’ Club. “This is where all the movers and shakers of Fort Worth will be congregating on Saturdays,” (Mark) Cohen says.
I've been out to the stadium, and there's no question it's about to become one of the nicest in the Big 12. It's only going to seat 45,000 fans, but for such a small school, putting too many more is a little silly. That said, these same Horned Frogs have sold more than 30,000 season tickets.
Excitement is high in Fort Worth, and for good reason. Let Curtis show you exactly why, and what to look forward to on your trip to Amon G. Carter Stadium.
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