TCU sells out season football tickets for first time

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The number of TCU season ticket holders has more than doubled in the last three years (numbers rounded):

2009: 13,000

2010: 19,500

2011: 22,500

2012: 30,000

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A perfect storm of winning, joining a new conference and renovating a stadium has excitement at a fever pitch surrounding TCU football. And fans are putting their money where their excitement is.

TCU sold out its general admission seating Wednesday and surpassed 30,000 season ticket holders for the 2012 season.

It's an astonishing feat when you consider the Horned Frogs had a little more than 13,000 season ticket holders three seasons ago.

"It speaks volumes of the Horned Frog nation," TCU athletics director Chris Del Conte said. "I'm so proud of TCU, our fans, our student-athletes and our coaches. It's just a great day to be a Horned Frog."

The move to the Big 12 Conference and the $164 million renovations to Amon G. Carter Stadium, which are scheduled to be completed a week before the season opener Sept. 8 against Grambling State, helped spur a run on season tickets, which have been sold out for the first time in TCU history.

There are still about 1,000 fans on the waiting list for season tickets. Those fans will be contacted if seats become available after the renovation is complete. They'll be able to purchase available seats for the entire season at a single-game price.

After the season, those seats go back on the market and will be available to season ticket holders on the priority points system. TCU estimates a stadium capacity of approximately 45,000, but it won't have the official number until the seats are installed and counted.

About 12,000 seats are unavailable to the public, at least for now. TCU students have been allotted about 5,000 seats on the east side's lower bowl. Each opponent is guaranteed 4,000 seats per Big 12 stipulations and about 2,100 seats are reserved for wheelchair accessibility and TCU athletic department use. Unsold seats will be available on a game-by-game basis.

"To say we are sold out on May 16 is just a tribute to the Horned Frog nation. They came on strong," Del Conte said. "Everything that's happened in the last three years is a culmination of something that started in 1998. What [TCU coach] Gary Patterson has built here is unbelievable."

Patterson has led the Frogs to a 47-5 record since 2008, including two BCS bowl appearances and three top-seven finishes in the final Associated Press Top 25. TCU has lost just seven home games since he became the coach in 2001.

Season ticket purchases ballooned to more than 19,000 in 2010 and increased to 22,500 in 2011.

Drawing them in

10 largest crowds at Amon G. Carter Stadium:

Att.

Opponent

Date

50,307

Utah

Nov. 14, 2009

47,393

Baylor

Sept. 18, 2010

47,280

Texas

Nov. 17, 1984

47,000

Texas A&M

Oct. 19, 1957

46,096

Air Force

Oct. 23, 2010

45,694

San Diego St.

Nov. 13, 2010

45,647

Texas Tech

Sept. 16, 2006

44,821

Texas

Sept. 27, 1994

44,415

Arkansas

Oct. 1, 1966

44,282

Texas A&M

Nov. 25, 1995

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