TCU football has been played at Amon G. Carter Stadium since October 11, 1930, However, on December 5th, 2010, the modern version of the stadium began, with the implosion of the west side upper deck. The 2011 football season was a challenging one for TCU home games as the Horned Frogs continued to play in Amon G. Carter Stadium through the construction of the renovation. This provided a small attendance during that season. In 2012, after $164 million dollars completely funded through donor support, the current Amon G. Carter Stadium opened for Horned Frogs football. The renovation of AGC put the seating capacity at 45,000.
Amon G. Carter Stadium also hosts the Armed Forces Bowl at the end of December.
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There are plenty of options for food and beverage inside Amon G. Carter Stadium. The stadium has a lot of local restaurant flavors such as Los Vaqueros (Tex-Mex), Bobby's Fajitas (Tex-Mex), Railhead BBQ, Chick-fil-A, and Dutch's Burgers & Dogs. The basic classics like hot dogs and nachos are also available. Most of your food choices range between $4-$10 depending on what items or plate combo you choose.
The beverages served are Pepsi products ranging from $4.50 for a 24 ounce to $6 for a 32 ounce. Aquafina bottled water costs $4. No alcohol is sold outside the club/suite in Amon G. Carter Stadium.
The "Bypass Lane" allows fans to order and pay for concessions straight from their smart phones. The Bypass Lane allows you to just stop in and pick up your food in a separate lane. Of course, concession stands also accept cash or credit, but the mobile app can be a good way to save time during the game if you want a bite to eat.
The atmosphere in and around Amon Carter Stadium on game day starts hours before kickoff. There is Texas style tailgating as you may expect, but in front of Gate 8 on the east side of the stadium there is another way to spend your pregame activity time. It is called Frog Alley. Frog Alley opens two hours prior to kickoff and features live music, interactive games, bounce houses, live radio shows, food stands, along with the TCU band and spirit squads leading fans into the stadium before kickoff. The march continues around the concourse of the stadium. The Horned Frogs enter the stadium from the tunnel at the south end zone by the Daniel Meyer Athletic Complex.
In the south corner of the stadium the Frog Horn, weighing over 3,000 pounds, sits waiting to sound off like a locomotive horn at 120 decibels when the Horned Frogs score. There is Super Frog, probably one of the best mascots in college sports, leading the team out of the tunnel, roaming the sidelines, and interacting with fans of all ages. It is a mascot truly showing the TCU spirit.
The student spirit is evident as they gather along the east sidelines of the stadium. The TCU band and showgirls have a special spot on concrete steps, next to the student section.
The view from any seat is the stadium is wonderful. The south end zone is usually general admission, while the northeast 200 section and northwest 400 section is for visitors. The north end zone is usually where the visiting spirit group and band are located. The atmosphere can vary, but being at any Horned Frog football game is well worth the trip.
The Texas Christian University campus is located about four miles from downtown Fort Worth. Amon G. Carter Stadium is right on the campus. The campus is divided by University Drive which is the location of a few restaurants popular for serving the TCU students.
Buffalo Bros is a sponsor of TCU athletics and a popular place for all TCU fans. Fans flock to this local sports bar which serves New York Style wings, pizza, and subs. Dutch's Hamburgers, a burger and beer café, facing the Texas Christian University campus is another great place to eat before attending a TCU event. Dutch's namesake is Leo "Dutch" Meyer, a TCU grad who became the most successful football coach in football history.
There are several tourist attractions in Fort Worth near the TCU campus. Fort Worth Zoo on University Drive near the Colonial Country Club is a good place for families. The Cultural District, which has several museums, including the world famous Kimbell Art Museum, along with the Will Rogers Memorial Center, home of the annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo are within five miles of Lupton Stadium, the TCU baseball facility. A trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards is a must when visiting the Fort Worth area and is just a few miles on the other side of downtown.
Two good options for lodging while in town for a TCU football game include the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa at 1701 Commerce or the W hotel in downtown Fort Worth.
Texas Christian University is a private school with an undergraduate enrollment around 8,500 so the Horned Frog fans are a close knit community making their support genuine. Most fans are polite, friendly, and just love their Horned Frogs despite the result on the field.
When Texas, Baylor, or for other games of national importance, Amon Carter Stadium can become an intimidating place to play, united with energy from the student section along the visiting sideline. The decibel of noise is taken up a few notches during big games and plays. The students remind the visiting team to "Fear the Frog" with a banner covering the student section throughout the game. However, during lesser non-conference games, there seems to be a lot less interest and there can be plenty of empty seats.
Amon G. Carter Stadium is located on the campus of TCU, just a few miles from Fort Worth. Although near the city, the campus is set back in an old neighborhood.
The parking lots around the stadium are reserved and a pass is required to park near the stadium. There are a few lots within reasonable walking distance ranging from about $10 to $20. However, if you get there early enough, you will be able to park in the neighborhood by TCU's baseball field, Lupton Stadium.
If you don't care to be in the traffic near the stadium, there are numerous shuttle services from parking locations such as Overton Centre, located at 4100 International Parkway, McKinney Memorial Bible Church located at 4805 Arborlawn Drive, or Travis Avenue Baptist Church located at 800 W Berry St. The shuttle is free from these locations and begins three hours before kick-off while the last shuttle will leave about 45 minutes after the conclusion of the game.
There are plenty of taxis if you are at a hotel downtown, but the cab fare can be as high as $25 depending on the traffic waiting time. The cabs are located at the corner of Bellaire Drive North and Stadium Drive in front of the TCU Admissions building.
Once you get to the stadium, the access is really easy. The ticket lines move quickly since there are plenty of gates, the concourses are very wide, and there are ramps for the walk up to the 400 section. The 400 section is very high, but there are escalators going up to the club seating in the 200-300 sections that you may possibly use, making it a shorter walk. The signage around the stadium is plentiful and helpful in finding the appropriate seating section. The restrooms are well placed so there are no lines interfering with people walking around the concourse.
TCU football tickets are similar to other large football programs. Depending on the opponent, the prices vary. In 2015, the non-conference games against Stephen F. Austin and SMU were the lowest ticket cost. When the Big 12 teams visit Fort Worth, the prices soar, especially for the Texas game. In 2015, tickets were available for the price of $65 for SRO while the reserved seat cost was $85.
The best way to look for TCU tickets is through a third-party like Ticket Monster. TCU has wonderful season ticket costs and for games versus SFA, SMU, and Kansas, you will be able to get tickets for a very reasonable price.
The concessions for a sports venue are fairly priced, although it is always better to find a local restaurant in the neighborhood and Fort Worth has plenty of food options. You can find free parking especially in the neighborhood near Lupton Stadium, if you don't mind taking the time to walk. Overall the return on investment really depends on your budget, and planning will save you money.
TCU's mascot, Super Frog, is one of the best non-living mascots in college football. The TCU showgirls, the school's pom/dance team has many similarities to the NFL's Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.
TCU has tailgating with unique and massive BBQ pits (smokers) and the traditionally Texas hospitality from the home fans providing a great game day experience.
TCU really does a great job of recognizing past accomplishments and gridiron greats. You'll find plaques, history timelines, banners, and more honoring the past all around the stadium.
TCU has a winning program under Coach Patterson, playing in the Big 12 Conference against nationally ranked opponents, which should be enough to convince you to make a visit to Fort Worth for a game. When you add the friendly confines of a beautiful architectural marvel such as Amon G. Carter Stadium, you have one of the best experiences in college football.
Originally built in 1929, Amon G. Carter stadium is in need of a facelift and that is exactly what it is getting. Originally built to hold 22,000 people back in 1929 the stadium has had small renovations over the years and can now hold 44,358. After the renovations the stadium will be able to hold around 50,000. All this is necessary as TCU has placed itself right in the national spotlight again coming off a 2010-2011 undefeated season that saw them get a Rose Bowl berth and win over Wisconsin. TCU has also agreed to move to the Big 12 which will not only bring some more powerhouse programs to Amon Carter Stadium it will also bring a lot bigger crowds.
TCU fans and students already make Amon Carter Stadium an atmosphere envied by plenty of big colleges across the country and I'm sure the additional people that will come when the stadium renovations are through will make this place even better. As TCU continues to win and place itself in the limelight, this place becomes more and more of a must see location. Texas is known for great colleges like Texas, Texas A&M and Baylor. With great fans, a great team and a beautiful campus TCU definitely deserves to be in that mix.
Been to a game before the move to the Big 12 and the atmosphere was great even then, before playing a higher level of competition.
With a recent invite accepted to join the Big XII Conference and a massive face lift of Amon G. Carter Stadium in 2012, there’s plenty of excitement to go around in Fort Worth, Texas. After stringing together several years of BCS-buster seasons, $164 million dollars pledged to update the stadium, and decades of patience, elite-level football has returned to TCU and the DFW area.
Amon Carter Stadium was originally opened in 1930 with a capacity of 22,000. Since the original construction, the stadium has gone through several major upgrades. In 1948, the capacity was increased to 30,500 with an expansion to the east side. After additional upgrades, Amon Carter’s capacity had doubled to 46,083 by 1956. The 2012 construction put the stadium with a capacity of 45,000 and added significant enhancements to the overall look and feel of the Horned Frog game-day experience including concession areas and crowd flow.
With a new stadium experience, a winning tradition, and elite competition in the Big XII, a trip to Forth Worth for a TCU game won’t disappoint.
TCU football has been on the rise for a while, and may have arrived. They have done some renovations to their stadium recently to enhance the experience, but even before that game day was an all day party, with tailgating out the wazoo, great crowd noise, and wonderful atmosphere. Dallas is also a great city to visit, plenty to do before or after the game (just lots of traffic so be warned).
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