Flair, elegance won out in TCU's rebuilt Amon G. Carter Stadium

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Who was Amon Carter?

Amon Giles Carter started at the Fort Worth Star as advertising manager in 1906 and went on to become the Star-Telegram publisher, a television pioneer, oil investor and celebrity Texan. Even though he quit school at 11, he became TCU's most famous fan and led the 1930 campaign to build a new stadium. In 1951, it was renamed Amon G. Carter Stadium.

-- Bud Kennedy

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The first glimpse fans get as they walk toward the renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium today will be the towering grandeur of the brick facades and arches.

But what really sets the $164 million stadium apart is the attention to detail.

That's one of the aspects of the Horned Frogs' new stadium that pleases TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini the most. But he had to be convinced.

As the lead steward of the funds raised by the school, Boschini was hesitant to clear many of the higher-priced features that set a new standard among stadiums. Bryan Trubey, the principal HKS architect who helped design the stadium, was always pushing for the extra touch of elegance and decorative flair.

"From the stone archers, to all the monument markers, down to the numbers on the seats, he was adamant how they needed to be," Boschini said. "He and I had a hundred fights about details because he always wanted more, but I'm cheaper."

For instance, the southwestern art deco-style railings on the stairs inside the Champions Club? Trubey had to convince Boschini the extra expense was worth it.

"He would say, 'People will notice that. And I would say, 'No one is going to notice that,'" Boschini said.

"Now, I will publicly state that he was right because everyone is commenting on all those little details, and the railings have been one of them."

Another one of those features is on the west side near the Founders' Plaza, where markers pay tribute to Fort Worth landmarks.

"That was a great argument we had because unless you go above you can't really get a feel for it," Boschini said. "But once you go into the stadium and look down on it you get it. I think that will be fun area for people to learn [about Fort Worth's history]."

TCU football coach Gary Patterson, who is building a house with his wife, Kelsey, has often compared the process to the one that has lingered outside his TCU office the last 21 months.

"Every house is your palace," Patterson said on his radio show. "Our goal was to be classy, but not be gaudy. It's something the kids can really be proud of. In house[-building] terms, instead of finishing it out like a $250,000 house, we finished it like a $1 million house. And that's what we wanted to do."

Stefan Stevenson

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