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Re-developing Amon G. Carter Stadium

In 2009, Texas Christian University (TCU) decided to embark on a transformative project for Amon G. Carter Stadium, the historic home to the Horned Frogs football team. Originally built in the early 1930s, the stadium had been gradually expanded over the years, but the athletic department and administration recognized a need for more space, improved sight lines, and premium seating — all while improving the fan experience. SSR, together with design architect HKS, worked for over a decade to bring TCU’s vision to life.

The renovation and expansion of Amon G. Carter Stadium occurred in three major phases to limit interruptions to the football season: west side and north endzone redevelopment, east side redevelopment, and east side expansion and video boards. SSR aided in planning the strategic timeline of the renovation and expansion to ensure the needs of the entire TCU community were considered. The renovation and expansion included several enhancements to the gameday experience for spectators. For example, upgrading and adding multiple concession stands and restrooms allowed for better access and reduced wait times.  In addition, new elevators and escalators were added to better facilitate stadium accessibility and crowd flow.

The most recent phase, paid for entirely by private funding, was an expansion to the Legends Club and Suites. The 75,000 SF addition added 1,050 premium seats, end zone to end zone suites, exterior loge boxes, and enhanced food and beverage offerings from local guest chefs. Designed for flexibility, the space also includes over 130 TV’s, video walls, and projector screens that allow different configurations for all event types. To ensure lasting energy savings for the university, SSR provided new lighting controls systems and high efficiency heating and cooling solutions.

SSR provided MEP/FP design services, as well as some enhanced CA services, for all three phases of the stadium redevelopment. Our continuous involvement and familiarity with the campus brought efficiencies when tying existing stadium utilities into the rest of the campus. Working closely with facility staff, we were able to consolidate existing on-site generators to provide simplified solutions and maintenance for facility staff.

The new Amon G. Carter Stadium has met all the goals of TCU and the entire project team. The cohesive project team has resulted in an iconic facility that delivers an enhanced experience for all fans. On any given gameday Saturday, there are now 50,000 seats filled with fans cheering the Horned Frogs to victory.

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Interested in learning more about SSR’s involvement in Amon G. Carter Stadium? Contact Scott Terry, PE, at STerry@ssr-inc.com.

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