‘In time for the Texas game.’ TCU football stadium expansion to be complete by mid-October

TCU’s $100 million premium seating expansion of Amon G. Carter Stadium’s east side won’t be ready by the start of next football season, athletic director Jeremiah Donati said.

Instead, the school is now targeting a mid-October completion date, in time for the Oct. 26 game vs. Texas.

“We looked at every scenario possible to get it ready by the opening game, but nothing that made sense,” Donati said. “Rather than put the whole project at risk to get it done, compromise this for that, we’re putting all our efforts and resources into having it complete by the Texas game.”

TCU opens its season on Aug. 31 against Arkansas- Pine Bluff, and then is at Purdue on Sept. 14. TCU has home games scheduled against SMU (Sept. 21) and Kansas (Sept. 28) before going on the road at Iowa State (Oct. 5) and at Kansas State (Oct. 19).

The goal is that it’ll be ready when Texas comes to town.

Donati blamed the “historic bad weather” this fall when the DFW area received a record amount of rainfall, saying: “The historic rain and wind we had in the fall and winter put this project behind 45 days. But we’re feeling really good about having it ready by Game 4.”

Most construction projects in the Metroplex were delayed at least a month, or longer, because of the weather and TCU is no different.

The good news for TCU fans is that the new video board above the north end zone grandstands will be installed by the first game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. That is part of the project that should enhance the game day atmosphere for the majority of fans.

The expansion project delay affects about 2,000 fans. Donati said the school’s ticket office has developed solutions for all fans who may be affected by the delay.

“We’ve worked out plans for all those affected,” he said. “We’ve reached out today via phone and email and we’re going to be as fair as humanly possible.”

The $100 million project broke ground in June 2018, and will include more than 1,000 club seats, 22 luxury suites, 48 loge boxes and two private clubs when complete. There will also be a 100-foot outdoor balcony overlooking Frog Alley, the TCU campus and downtown Fort Worth.

The expansion also includes additional premium space that will be used for events outside of football.

Capacity for the updated Amon G. Carter Stadium will increase from 45,000 to 47,000.

Amon G. Carter Stadium went through a $164 million rebuild in 2012, which coincided with the Horned Frogs’ debut season in the Big 12.

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