TCU fans hoping to find ticket to good view at Amon Carter

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When TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte talks of Horned Frogs football being the fans' program, he's talking about people such as Bob Graham.

Graham, 82, of Mineral Wells has been a season-ticket holder for 15 years.

Using a cane and helped by his daughter, Pam, Graham, a 1962 TCU graduate, attended TCU's seating summit at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Tuesday, along with nearly 3,000 Frogs fans who filled half the arena.

Del Conte outlined TCU's plans to reseat season-ticket holders in the renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium for 2012 and announced increased ticket prices. Most fans took the news in stride and peppered Del Conte during a 40-minute question and answer session that left most fans feeling satisfied about the prospect of finding seats to their liking.

"I'm a little disappointed in the plan they have, but you can't please 35,000 people," said Graham, who had season tickets in the south end zone with what used to be called the family package. Those seats are now $150 and will be sold in groups of four.

"I'm going to wait and come over and talk to them in person," Graham said. "They've been fair. TCU has been awfully good to me over the years with my education."

Del Conte led the audience through a slide show explaining season-ticket prices, called scholarship seating in TCU's plan, which require a donation on top of the $200 season-ticket price for a seat.

The most expensive seats in the house, not counting the 2,500 club seats that have already been sold, are the two sections of field-level seats near midfield on the west side. Those $200 seats, require a $300 donation, making the total cost $500. The east side lower level will be reserved for TCU students and band. Season-ticket prices range from $225 to $500, which Del Conte said, is the cheapest among Big 12 schools. The base price for most tickets in 2011 was $275, not including donations.

"I just wanted to be as transparent as possible," Del Conte said after the event. "I'm a steward, but this is their program. It's a big challenge for us, and collectively we all have to be together."

TCU has raised ticket prices a total of $10 in the previous six years as the football program has risen to new heights. Now, with the move to the Big 12 this fall, Del Conte said he has a goal of raising the number of season-ticket holders from 23,000 to 30,000. The stadium, Del Conte told the crowd, will hold approximately 45,000.

Fans can choose their new seats in three ways: online, by utilizing a simulated Amon G. Carter Stadium that offers points of view from different locations; by phone; or in person. Season-ticket holders will be mailed detailed instructions and must designate their method of selection by Feb. 6. Del Conte expects fans to begin choosing their seats by March 12.

"We've been on the [east side] 50-yard line and we'd hate to lose those seats but we can perfectly understand things change," said Angela Meacham, who has had season tickets with her husband for 10 years. "I'm ready to go. I just want my seats."

Ticket prices

Here's a look at what season tickets will cost TCU fans at the $164 million renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium in 2012:

Location

Donation

Price

Total

West side field level midfield

$300

$200

$500

West side premium field level

$200

$200

$400

West side 300 level (below upper deck)

$150

$200

$350

Field level (corners)

$100

$200

$300

West side 200 level (corners of club level seats)

$100

$200

$300

East side mid level

$75

$200

$275

West side 400 level (middle upper deck)

$50

$200

$250

Upper east side

$25

$200

$225

Reserved, including upper deck corners and north end zone

None

$200

$200

GA (south end zone, with 4 ticket minimum)

None

$150

$150

Stefan Stevenson

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