TCU has $45 million plan to remake Daniel-Meyer Coliseum

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TCU plans a $45 million renovation project to remake Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. An official announcement is expected Wednesday after the school’s board of trustees recently approved the plans.

A commitment of $10 million from Ed and Rae Schollmaier jump-started TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte’s fundraising campaign. The project, much like the renovations to Amon G. Carter Stadium, won’t begin until the funds have been raised. Del Conte said the project would likely begin at the conclusion of next season, provided the funds have been raised. He hopes to have at least $45 million by November.

The plans, which have been in the works for more than a year, will transform the 53-year-old facility into a modern arena, with widened concourses, additional bathrooms and upgraded concessions. Most striking, though, is the proposed facade, which would remake the outdated exterior of the venue into something resembling the brick and art deco architecture of the neighboring Amon G. Carter Stadium.

“Having the opportunity to renovate Daniel-Meyer Coliseum helps TCU achieve its ongoing goal of optimizing its physical campus,” TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini said in a release. “We are very grateful to Ed and Rae Schollmaier for their continued support of TCU.”

The Schollmaier Basketball Complex, which opened in 2004 after a $5 million donation from the Schollmaiers, houses two practice courts and offices for both the men’s and women’s coaching staffs.

The renovations follow in the wake of massive upgrades to TCU’s football stadium, which was remade into basically a new stadium after a $164 million renovation project that finished just before the 2012 season.

The renovations to the DMC won’t be as extensive, but will completely change the experience for fans, Del Conte said. According to architectural firm HKS, which designed the renovations at Amon G. Carter Stadium, the court will be lowered several feet to accommodate additional rows of seating that will fill in the large curves currently on either side of the court, giving fans courtside seating and much closer views of the action.

Among the many additions and upgrades are a courtside club on the floor level for season ticket holders, and new offices for TCU athletic staff coaches of sports such as soccer, tennis and golf. New locker rooms for both TCU and visiting teams and team meeting rooms will be added.

TCU would be forced to play at another area arena during the 2014-15 season. Those details remain to be worked out.

“This project will result in a new, unique basketball environment that all those associated with TCU will be proud to call home for years to come,” TCU coach Trent Johnson said.

Among the other highlights are a TCU athletics Hall of Fame on the main concourse and an expanded ticket office.

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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