Day at Amon Carter Stadium
A stadium for champions
might never have been an Amon G. Carter Stadium had TCU never been invited
into the fledgling Southwest Conference in 1922.
Texas Christian University -- barely 1,000 students -- was included. And
in 1923, the Frogs began conference play with SMU, Texas, Arkansas, Texas
A&M, Baylor, Rice and Oklahoma A&M, all schools they had faced infrequently
since fielding their first squad in 1897.
games against notable regional opponents, crowds at Clark Field -- basically
two wooden bleachers of 25 tiers enclosed by a wood fence -- began to
overflow. Even adding stands in the end zones wasn't enough to meet the
TCU trustees voted to enlarge the stadium. Two
years later, they created an Athletics Committee to study how much a new
stadium would cost and how to pay for it.
the football team, with good timing, won its first SWC crown in 1929,
the same year the committee recommended that TCU start a "quiet campaign"
headed by Fort Worth Star-Telegram publisher Amon G. Carter to
raise $150,000 for a stadium to seat 30,000.
the most influential person in the community at the time, upped the ante.
He suggested that Fort Worth residents raise 60 percent of the money for
was decided that the sale of first- and second-mortgage bonds would help
build a $350,000 stadium that would seat 27,000 but be expandable to 60,000.
With no obligation
to the university, the trustees endorsed the idea, and on Oct. 11, 1930,
TCU beat Arkansas, 40-0, in the first game played at the new stadium.
the years, TCU has expanded Carter's vision. Minor additions in 1948,
1951 and 1953 increased seating to 37,000. An upper deck and press box
in 1956 stretched capacity to its current 46,000.
televised game came in 1948. Synthetic turf was added in 1973 and then
removed in 1992. A sound system was installed in 1991 and a message center
recent amenity, a full-color, digital video board for instant replays,
was erected in 2002.
the improvements, Amon G. Carter Stadium remains treasured for its rich
history. As legendary TCU coach Dutch Meyer once said, "There is
no finer stadium around than our stadium of champions."