Amon G. Carter Stadium
Fort Worth, Texas
As the Texas Christian University (TCU) football fans began to overflow onto Clark Field near the end of the 1929 football season the TCU Board of Trustees realized that something had to be done. So in the early months of 1930 the Athletics Committee raised $150,000 and built Amon G. Carter Stadium, home to the Frogs and 30,000 of their loudest fans. Over the course of 82 years, Amon G Carter Stadium continued to grow and expand into the sports and entertainment powerhouse it is today.
When SSR came onboard in 2009, the needs of TCU were just as prevalent as in 1930. To accommodate their growing Horned Frog fan base, they needed more space. The vision shared by SSR and TCU was to enhance the fan experience for all patrons of Amon G. Carter Stadium and to transform their historic Fort Worth icon into one of the best collegiate football stadiums in the country.
Construction began immediately following TCU’s final 2010 home game against San Diego State. The historic south tower structure was removed prior to the implosion of the west side upper deck of the stadium. SSR aided in planning the strategic timeline of the renovation and expansion to ensure the needs of the TCU Athletics community were taken into account.
The renovation and expansion of Amon G. Carter Stadium included several enhancements to the game day 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 project also included the addition of a new press tower with club suites, athletic offices, and a raised seating bowl on the west and north end for enhanced field views. To ensure lasting energy savings for the university, SSR provided new lighting controls systems and high efficiency heating and cooling solutions.
The 2012 football season marked the completion of the $164 million renovation and expansion, and Amon G. Carter Stadium opened once again. On any given Saturday, you can now witness 45,000 seats filled with Horned Frog fans cheering Fort Worth’s team to victory.
In 2017, SSR was asked to provide engineering design services for a $100 million premium seating expansion of Amon G. Carter Stadium. Completion is expected in time for the 2019 season on a project that will feature two new levels of luxury seating above the current upper deck on the east side of the stadium.
The keys to success for this project was to be able to deliver the project in phases to allow the stadium to be in use during the Horned Frogs football seasons. The design and construction of the stadium was able to meet these needs with a strong team of builders, architects, engineers, and consultants all pulling together for a common goal for success.