Amon G. Carter Stadium

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Amon G. Carter Stadium
Location 2850 Stadium Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76129
Coordinates 32°42′35″N 97°22′5″W / 32.70972°N 97.36806°W / 32.70972; -97.36806Coordinates: 32°42′35″N 97°22′5″W / 32.70972°N 97.36806°W / 32.70972; -97.36806
Owner Texas Christian University
Operator Texas Christian University
Capacity 22,000 (1930-1947)
30,500 (1948-1950)
33,000 (1950-1952)
37,000 (1953-1955)
46,083 (1956-1990)
44,008 (1991-2007)
44,358 (2008-2010)
32,000 (2011)
45,000 (2012-present)
Record attendance 50,307 (TCU vs. Utah, 2009)
Surface Grass: 1930–1972
Astro turf: 1973–1991
Grass: 1992–present
Construction
Broke ground 1929
Opened October 11, 1930
Construction cost $164 million (2010-12 reconstruction)
Architect William Jasdon
HKS, Inc. (2010-12 reconstruction)
Tenants
TCU Horned Frogs (NCAA) (1930–present)
Armed Forces Bowl (NCAA) (2003–2009; 2012–present)

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. It is named after Amon G. Carter, a prominent Fort Worth businessman, newspaper publisher, and city booster. It has several popular nicknames, the most popular being "The Carter" and "Hell's Half Acre" (a reference to the site in Fort Worth's wild west past, which was located near the stadium, as well as the difficulty opposing teams have winning in the stadium).

The stadium recently underwent a $164 million reconstruction project, which began immediately after the 2010 football season and was completed before the beginning of the 2012 season.

History[edit]

Planning and construction[edit]

AGC Stadium in the 1940s.

In 1923, TCU received a generous donation from Mary Couts Burnett, the abused widow of a wealthy and well known Texas rancher. The Burnett donation constituted the egg for TCU's endowment. One condition of the Burnett donation was that a portion of it would be used for the construction of a new library, and it was decided to build the Mary Couts Burnett Library where the school's athletic field, Clark Field, was then located.

The removal of Clark Field necessitated the construction of a new field for athletic competition, especially in the sport of football. TCU played its first season of football in 1896, and since then had built a reputation of excellence garnering national attention, and joined the Southwest Conference in 1923.

In 1928, the school received a generous gift from local newspaper magnate and philanthropist Amon G. Carter, and in 1930, the school opened Amon G. Carter Stadium, where the TCU football team still plays. Carter asked Andrew Poyar, one of the designers of Neyland Stadium at the University of Tennessee, to create the blueprints for the structure.

Amon Carter stadium was constructed from 1929 to 1930 with an original seating capacity of 22,000. The stadium hosted its first football game on October 11, 1930, when TCU defeated the University of Arkansas.

In the 1930s under head coach Dutch Meyer, the Horned Frogs won national championships in 1935 & 1938.

Expansion[edit]

Amon Carter Stadium prior to its demolition and reconstruction.

The first expansion of the stadium took place in 1948, with construction raising the capacity by 8,500 to a total of 30,500. In 1951 and 1953, 2,500 and 4,000 more seats were added which raised capacity to 37,000 seats. An upper deck, topped by a two-story press box and highlighted with a large stylized "TCU", was added in 1956. This brought the stadium's capacity to 46,083.

In 1985 and 1991, improvements were made to the seating. This involved replacing the old seats in the lower bowl with aluminum bleachers. The upper-deck seats were later replaced in the same way. This reduced the stadium capacity to 44,008 spectators.

In 1992, the artificial turf, which had been in place since 1973, was replaced with natural grass. In 2002, the David E. Bloxom, Sr. Foundation helped install a new scoreboard and videoboard.

New club seats and luxury suites were added prior to the 2008 season, increasing capacity to 44,358.

Renovation[edit]

In August 2010, TCU announced a $105 million reconstruction 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 reconstruction, which is funded completely by donor support (no bonds nor debt), began with the implosion of the west stands on December 5, 2010. It was fully completed in 2012 and cost a total of $164 million.

Features[edit]

Attendance[edit]

Aside from reduced capacity sellouts that occurred during the 2011 season during reconstruction, Amon G. Carter Stadium most recently sold out for the October 24, 2010 TCU vs. Air Force game; the announced attendance was 47,593.

Previous sellouts occurred on September 25, 2010 against Baylor, against the Utah Utes in 2009, and then on September 16, 2006 when TCU defeated Texas Tech 12–3. Prior to the sellout against Texas Tech, the last sellout at Amon G. Carter 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 1984 Texas game was listed as 47,280.

The highest ever recorded attendance at Amon G. Carter was 50,307, which occurred in 2009 against the University of Utah.[1]

The 2012 home season was the first time an entire season was sold out at Amon G. Carter Stadium.[2]

Playing surface[edit]

Since 2003, the stadium's playing surface has been named W.A. "Monty & Tex" Moncrief Field, usually shortened to Moncrief Field, after W. A. "Tex" Moncrief Jr. and his father W. A. "Monty" Moncrief Sr.. The naming came following a $3 million donation by Tex to the football program.[3]

Usage[edit]

Armed Forces Bowl[edit]

Main article: Armed Forces Bowl
Panorama of the stadium, taken during the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl

The Armed Forces Bowl, previously the Fort Worth Bowl, has been played annually at Amon Carter Stadium since 2003. The bowl game was temporarily moved, however, to SMU's Gerald Ford Stadium in Dallas for the 2010 and 2011 bowl seasons due to the reconstruction.

An earlier bowl game, the Fort Worth Classic, was played in Fort Worth at the predecessor to Amon Carter Stadium in 1921.

Date played Winning team Losing team Notes
December 23, 2003 Boise State [4] 34 TCU 31 notes
December 23, 2004 Cincinnati 32 Marshall [4] 14 notes
December 23, 2005 Kansas 42 Houston 13 notes
December 23, 2006 Utah 25 Tulsa 13 notes
December 31, 2007 California 42 Air Force 36 notes
December 31, 2008 Houston 34 Air Force 28 notes
December 31, 2009 Air Force 47 Houston 20 notes

TCU Horned Frogs[edit]

Located on the TCU campus, Amon Carter Stadium is the home field of the TCU Horned Frogs football team and marching band.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Facer, Dirk. "TCU-Utah Football Game Sold Out". Deseret News. Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. Retrieved October 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ "TCU sells out season football tickets for first time". Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ http://gofrogs.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/091803aaa.html
  4. ^ a b Received a bid because the Big 12 did not have enough bowl-eligible teams to fill all of its allotted bowl slots.

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