The view from the seats of the newly renovated Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena has the familiar layout of the arena formerly known as Daniel-Meyer Colesium.
It’s the concourse where most of the $72 million was spent.
From the purple and white floors to pictures of teams and the campus scaling the walls, a new Horned Frog experience awaits fans entering Schollmaier Arena.
The arena opens Saturday for fall commencement, followed by men’s and women’s games at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
“We think that this will help reunite a lot of our basketball fans that may have gotten a little soft in coming to ball games because the arena didn’t offer some of the amenities,” associate athletic director Ross Bailey said Tuesday during a media tour of the arena.
A record-number 3,678 season tickets have been sold for men’s basketball, TCU officials said. The Horned Frogs averaged 4,955 in 2013-14 before moving their home games to Wilkerson-Greinies Activity Center during the renovations.
Fans entering the arena’s main doors will find the Horned Frog Hall of Fame just to their left. Many of TCU’s most prestigious trophies are on display, including the 2011 Rose Bowl trophy and Davey O’Brien’s 1938 Heisman Trophy.
The displays were made possible by donations from several former TCU athletes, including Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Improved concession stands, more restrooms and a seating area overlooking Amon G. Carter Stadium have been added.
Below the concourse, new circular locker rooms feature dark-stained wooden lockers, team lounges and a theater-style meeting room.
On game days, boosters can watch the game from a club on floor-to-ceiling TVs. After the game, they can watch the press conferences through a glass wall that separates the club and media workroom.
The Horned Frogs will take the court on a floor with a subtle lizard-skin pattern designed by Nike. Bringing over a tradition from the football team, a red 3-point line arcs over a black-and-purple lane. The color has been used as an accent on football uniforms for several years.
A video board a third larger than the old one hangs over the court and smaller ones hang above the portals from the concourse to the arena.
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Opening Day at Schollmaier Arena
TCU men vs. Abilene Christian,
1 p.m. Sunday
TCU women vs. Southern Utah, 3:30 p.m. Sunday