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Traditions must be honored. The future must be considered. And we must continuously strive for a critical balance between the two. Renovation is about improving, adding new features, incorporating better design practices and growth. But, it is also about restoring and bringing precious memories and history to the forefront so that collective pasts can be shared.
HKS reimagined Amon G. Carter Stadium using the original 1920s linen drawings as the foundation for the renovation. The Southwestern art deco style of the original Amon G. Carter Stadium was the genesis of the new design, forming a strong emotional bond for the University, its alumni and the Fort Worth community. The elements and motif of the Southwestern art deco style are used throughout the stadium to reinforce the heritage of TCU. The modern amenities and sustainable design position the University to succeed both on and off the field.
490,000 square feet, 45,000 seats
27,000 new seats
2,200 club seats
6 suites with private club and lounge
LEED Silver Certified
The Vision and The Design
Constructed in 1930 with a single addition in 1956, Amon G. Carter Stadium was in need of major renovations. A master plan study determined that, to achieve TCU’s programmatic needs, it was more cost-effective to demolish the existing stadium and rebuild it on the same site.
The design concept was developed after the discovery of the original 1920s architectural drawings. The original stadium architecture followed the popular Southwestern style art deco found in and around the TCU campus and in Fort Worth’s central business district but was never fully realized.
Fans entering the stadium from the west pass through the Founders Plaza, which contains tributes to families and foundations that donated an initial $15 million each toward the project. The Plaza’s ground plane depicts a street map, complete with streets, railroad and Trinity River, of Fort Worth the year the stadium was constructed.
The main concourse provides 360-degree views to the field allowing fans to stay connected with the action on the field, a feature seldom found in major college football stadiums. The stadium features six Founders suites and accompanying Founders lounge placed 20 rows from the field, making these suites closer to the field than in any other Division I program.