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Daniel-Meyer Coliseum

Fort Worth, TX

Home of the TCU Horned Frogs

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Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (map it)
2900 Stadium Dr
Fort Worth, TX 76129


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Year Opened: 1961

Capacity: 7,156

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Prepping for a New Pad

It was time. That was the consensus with the powers that be at TCU when determining the fate of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

Given that football was the vehicle that drove the Horned Frogs to a Big 12 invitation, it was only natural that Amon G. Carter Stadium received a $164 million makeover to make it one of the premiere facilities in the conference. With those touches completed in 2012, the school is now focusing its attention on the small circular building that shares a walkway to the stadium’s southeast corner.

The arena opened in 1961 as part of string of other cookie cutter spaceship-like structures that still can be found in major college basketball (see Illinois, Wyoming and West Virginia for starters). At a little over 7,000 seats, it is the conference’s smallest arena.

Following the 2012-13 season, plans were unveiled for a $45 million renovation to help modernize the facilities with such touches as new locker rooms for players and wider concourses and increased courtside seating for fans.

All enhancements will be welcomed when the Horned Frogs return to the DMC in 2015. Still in its current state, an evening at the arena can be an affordable, intimate and enjoyable experience.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

There are several traditional concession stands where the most popular items are the hot dogs ($4) and large pretzels ($5) to go along with a line of Pepsi products. In addition, fried chicken fans can grab some of their Chick-fil-A favorites including a regular chicken sandwich ($6) or a $10 combo with sandwich, chips and warm cookie.

Mexican food enthusiasts should check out the Bobby Fajitas stand where the biggest seller is chicken fajita nachos ($8). Those craving sweets can check out the Dippin Dots display ($4) or the King Korn gourmet popcorn ($6 a bag) stand.

Atmosphere    3

The first words that stand out are "warm" and "stuffy." The DMC holds the heat quite well. On a rather chilly night -- by Texas standards - I had a jacket on that I quickly ditched minutes into the game. That warmth only adds to the intimacy of overall intimacy of the arena that only has 27 rows to reach the back wall. Because of its design, the seats along midcourt are actually farther away than the seats behind the baskets. These seats are the best options to be closest to the court, but the TCU band and student section, "Purple Haze," takes up most of the western side.

In addition to being a little far from the action, the hard purple - so much purple in the entire venue - seats are small, offering little lumbar support. The seating room is small by today's standards as well. I'm a little less than 6 feet tall and I found my right leg cutting into the seat below me as if I was a half a foot taller.

The scoreboard is a modern LED model, but it's a little small, leaving every item on it a little hard to read. The traditional scoreboards behind the hoops on both sides are a little on the small side as well.

One thing to note is the sound that is played when the Horned Frogs make a free-throw, which resembles something that would be generated from a computerized slot machine at a casino. It can grate on one's nerves, especially if there happens to be a lot of foul shots in the game you attend.

On the plus side for purists, there is a lack of overall advertising in the stands and near the court. This is a refreshing change from counterpart venues, but something I imagine will change with the new renovations.

Neighborhood    4

Even if it's a little bit of a drive from the TCU campus, a visit to Fort Worth must start with a trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards. Bring your boots and blue jeans and take a stroll down Exchange Avenue on a Friday or Saturday to see folks from many lands gathering together to watch a rodeo. There are many places to eat and listen to live music in the immediate area, but none more famous than Billy Bob's Texas (2520 Rodeo Plaza), a gargantuan entertainment complex that has live music from national recording acts, a large dance floor, pool tables galore and a rodeo ring all under one roof. South of the stockyards is Joe T. Garcia's (2201 N. Commerce St.), a famous Tex-Mex place where the long lines are worth the wait to many.

Heading south to the TCU campus, the Kimbell Art Museum (3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.) and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.) are just a few of the destinations in the Cultural District with several museums all within walking distance of each other.

As far as food goes close to campus, Dutch's Hamburgers (3009 S. University Ave.) and Fuzzy's Taco Shop (2917 W. Berry St.) are two staples that are worth checking out before or after a game. Lodging options are a little slim in the immediate vicinity of the TCU campus, but one place to check out is the Courtyard by Marriott (3150 Riverfront Drive).

Fans    3

The TCU band and student section showed a great deal of enthusiasm during my most recent visit for the nationally televised game against a ranked opponent (Kansas) - eager to see a replay of the stunning home victory against the Jayhawks in 2013. That zeal faded away midway through the first half with KU enjoying a comfortable lead. When the second half rolled around, a majority of the student section was gone.

The non-student TCU fans are a relatively quiet bunch, but they do a good job of sporting the school colors. It should be noted that KU fans comprised 30 to 40 percent of the crowd, so that certainly played a factor in the lack of noise being generated from the TCU faithful on this particular occasion.

Access    2

There are an adequate number of bathrooms throughout the arena, but several of the men's rooms are located underneath the entryways to the seats, which is a bit odd. The bathrooms are small, so lines commonly form - even in the men's line. The same goes for the concourses in general as they coagulate with fans waiting in line for the concession stands around halftime. Those looking for ATMs will be disappointed as there are none.

There is parking near campus, but it's certainly not convenient to enter campus for a game (expect to sit in traffic before and after the game). All of the lots close to the stadium are reserved for season ticket holders, so everyone else must be prepared to do some walking.

Return on Investment    4

When it comes to Big 12 basketball, a TCU game remains a bargain. Ticket prices are determined by the quality of the opponent, but a majority of the games cost $20, with tickets for the bigger games going for $30. Tickets for the game against Kansas were the highest of the season at $40. For reference, when the two teams played in the Allen Fieldhouse later in the season, those same tickets were $70. Given that tickets are relatively inexpensive and the school is located in a large area with many amenities within a short drive of one of the country's busiest airports (DFW), a game at TCU remains a great option for fans looking to see their favorite team on the road.

Extras    2

One extra point is given for the Super Frog mascot, who did a tumbling routine in which he/she flipped nearly the entire court during the first half - an impressive feat given how much the giant head (that sort of looks like the bust of a Photoshop-warped triceratops) must weigh.

One extra point is awarded for collection of pictures of all of the famed TCU athletes that fill up the walls of the concourse. It's a nice simple touch to create a holistic feel for the school's athletic accomplishments.

Final Thoughts

Unlike some arenas that receive renovations for mostly arms-races purposes, the needs for a facelift at TCU are very easy to see after looking around for a non-existent ATM or being smashed in a crush of humanity while trying to navigate around the concourse at the end of the first half. If the DMC can receive the same TLC as the football stadium did, the basketball program will be in good shape in its efforts to escape its doormat status in the Big 12.

Update for the 2014-15 TCU Basketball

TCU home basketball games for the 2014-15 season will be played in the 4,759 seat, Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, while their permanent home on campus Daniel-Meyer Coliseum will be under going a 59 million dollar face-lift.

The Activity Center is about a 15 minute drive from the TCU Campus.

Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center
5101 Ca Roberson, Fort Worth, TX 76119 · South Fort Worth
(817) 531-6348

by Tejasduck | Oct 01, 2014 11:48 AM

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Total Score: 3.14

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 2
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

As the TCU Horned Frogs make the transition to the Big 12 from the Mountain West, there’s a good chance their facilities are going to have to be renovated. Amon G. Carter Stadium has already undergone that process and came out looking like one of the best football stadiums in the country, but Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and the basketball teams haven’t yet had to clear out for a remodel.

Lucky for them, that’s not such a bad thing.

Opened in 1961, Daniel-Meyer Coliseum seats 7,156 people for basketball games in Ft. Worth, Texas, and has been the home for the Horned Frog ever since the inaugural game against Centenary over 50 years ago.

Named after former basketball coach Dutch Meyer and board member Milton Daniel, the Coliseum hasn’t changed much since opening its doors at the turn of the 1960s. The building has come to be known as the “DMC” by local patrons and alumni, and continues to be a staple of both the old and the new as it sits less than 20 yards from Amon G. Carter Stadium.

A lounge was added in 2002, and numerous other minor renovations have added things like a state-of-the-art LED scoreboard, a new lighting system and a better sound system.

While it appears the coliseum is here to stay, some don’t think it is up to par with the rest of the competition. Namely, Stefan Stevenson of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, feels that TCU will have to address what is the third-oldest and smallest-capacity arena in the Big 12 at some point in the near future.

All that being said, the Horned Frogs can still fill seats in DMC and provide patrons with a quality experience on a night-to-night basis. Here’s a look at what makes Daniel-Meyer Coliseum a popular attraction for college basketball fans in North Texas.

Nothing special

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

Just visited Daniel-Meyer and compared to the rest of the Big 12 it definitely lacks however it is still not that bad of a venue. The fans are not much more than mediocre but tickets are cheap.

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Billy Bob’s Texas  (map it!)

2520 Rodeo Plaza

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Will Rogers Memorial Center  (map it!)

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Fort Worth, TX 76107

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Kimbell Art Museum  (map it!)

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Fort Worth, TX 76107

(817) 738-1933

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Courtyard Fort Worth University Drive  (map it!)

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