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Official Review by Michael Davis, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Lupton Stadium is located on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, TX. The stadium is home to the Texas Christian University baseball program. Lupton Stadium is named for Charlie and Marie Lupton in recognition of a $2 million gift from the Brown-Lupton Foundation, of which Charlie was a founder back in 1944.
The Williams-Reilly Field is natural grass with dimensions of 330 ft down the lines, 370 ft to the power alleys, and 390 ft to center. The double deck stadium with a canti-leveled roof covers part of the stadiums grandstands, keeps fans from Texas’ unpredictable weather, and has a seating capacity of 4,500 seats.
The stadium has had a few renovations since it opened on February 2, 2003. The most recent renovation is the G. Malcolm Louden Player Development Center. The new center is located on the third base side of the stadium, where the home bullpen used to reside in left field. The Development Center features a brand new hitting facility and a Field Turf practice area. Lupton Stadium has played host to two conference tournaments (2008, 2009), four NCAA Regionals (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014) and one NCAA Super Regional (2014).
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Lupton Stadium is packed with enough food options that the concourse can't hold all the food stands. The TCU Grill, State Fair, and Bobby's Fajitas are located outside the main concourse along the walkway. The TCU Grill serves a Philly cheesesteak sandwich or a chicken strip basket with fries for $7 dollars. An Italian sausage or loaded fries will cost a dollar less. The State Fair food offers the fare of funnel cakes, corn dogs, fat free chills, and fresh squeezed lemonade for $5 dollars each. Bobby's Fajitas is the place for Mexican food. The fajita quesadilla and fajita nachos will cost you $8.00 while regular fajitas, 3 tamales, and a cheese quesadilla is priced at $4 each.
Inside the concourse on either side of the baselines, the stadium offers the regular stadium fare of pulled pork sandwiches ($6), pretzels ($5). There are several menu choices for $4 including hot dogs, peanuts, fresh fruit cup, and sunflower seeds. Popcorn, depending on the size, will cost either $3.50 or $6.00, regular nachos are $4.50 candy is $3.50. There is a Chick-fil-A stand inside the concourse that serves a chicken sandwich combo with chips and a cookie for $10 except on Sunday as the company policy of being closed on Sunday is observed.
Lupton Stadium serves Coca-Cola products in 24oz. at $4.50 while a larger 32oz is the better value at $5.50.Other beverages on the menu are sweet tea ($ 4.50), 20oz bottled water ($4), and hot chocolate for $3.50 a cup.
The majority of baseball games during the season are held on the weekends with a single game during the week. The stadium has country music being played as you walk towards the entrance. There are free programs and posters on tables inside the concourse, and behind home plate is the lineup card for both teams as well as the current Big 12 baseball standings. During the game, there are contests between innings, plenty of music, including Sweet Caroline in the top of the sixth, and the traditional seventh inning stretch song, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."
The atmosphere is always a great one especially when the noise level reaches certain heights. One of those heights is when a visiting player has 2 strikes or another key game situation. It can become electrifying as fans stomp their feet on the metal underneath the bleachers or when the Horned Frogs score, the T-C-U chant can be heard outside the stadium in the parking lots. Regardless, of the final score, the TCU baseball team along with the Horned Frog fans sing the alma mater at the end of games.
The Texas Christian University campus is located about 4 miles from downtown Fort Worth. Lupton Stadium is on the southwest corner of the campus. The campus is divided by University Drive and is the location of few restaurants popular for serving the TCU students.
Where to Eat. Buffalo Bros is a sponsor of TCU baseball 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.
Attractions & Entertainment.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 5 miles of Lupton Stadium. 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.
Where to Stay. Two good options for lodging while in town for a TCU baseball game include the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa at 1701 Commerce and the Residence Inn by Marriott at 2500 Museum Way.
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. The Horned Frogs fans rank among the Top 15 for Division I baseball programs. Lupton Stadium has plenty of purple and white Horned Frog apparel, from the youngest child to the most senior adult. Most fans are polite, friendly, and just love their Horned Frogs despite the result on the field.
The ballpark is located off of W. Berry Street on the southwest corner campus of TCU with the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center, Lowdon Track and Field Complex about a mile from the center of campus on University Drive. The reserved parking for Lupton Stadium is on Bellaire Drive N., however the grassy hill lot on the corner of Bellaire Drive N. and Bellaire Drive W. along with the concrete parking lot off of W. Berry Street is free.
Lupton has three entrances, the first two entrances are behind home plate, a lower entrance and the upper entrance near the ticket booth, either way there will be stairs since there is only one concourse. There is a ramp for people requiring ADA/Handicap access. The third entrance is located in the right field area off of W. Berry Street.
Once inside, the walkway concourse is narrow but perfectly adequate for the crowd. The signage provides easy navigation for everything from restrooms, concessions, and sitting sections. All of the lower level has individual seats while the upper level are metal benches over the dugouts. The stadium has suites located between the seating levels with the access being on the concourse. Along the right field line near the visitor's bullpen, is a large tier grass berm. The large berm provides an area for the kids to play, however it is also the general admission area for when the reserved seating is sold out. All reserved seating besides the patio area are protected by netting, making the large berm area an excellent place to stand for a clear view of the game.
Overall, the stadium access is outstanding even though it is away from the center of campus, the flow of traffic arriving and departing for games is simply easy.
Single game tickets prices are reserved seating $15 dollars (adult) and $10 (youth). The stadium has general admission pricing of $12 (adult) and $8 (youth), however, general admission is only offered when the reserved seating is sold out. The return on investment to see a baseball program that has been one of top programs in the country over the last five years, with two appearances in the College World Series, is very high and recommended if you love baseball or just want a fun filled day.
The historical information at the stadium such as the signs for players that have gone onto the professional baseball ranks, stadium's façade of the past teams accomplishments, and bringing the foul and flag poles from the program's former home TCU Diamond.
The Texas Christian University mascot for being one of the best mascots in college sports.
The various promotions throughout the year that the TCU staff incorporates into the home schedule such as the St Paddy's Day cap, All-Star sleepover, Kids Days, and the concession specials.
In every sense of the word, Lupton Stadium offers visitors a wonderful atmosphere for a great friend or family outing. The high caliber baseball being played by the Horned Frogs, partnered with service provided by the TCU baseball staff offers an outstanding mixture of college baseball and quality entertainment. As seen on a game day t-shirt, "Everywhere else it's just baseball, but this is Lupton."
Member Review by sportsroadtrips on Mar 09, 2013
Built in 2003 on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, TX, Lupton Stadium is named for Charlie and Marie Lupton in recognition of a $2-million gift from the Brown-Lupton Foundation, of which Charlie was a founder back in 1944. You might notice in the photo gallery that the field is named separately for two others (Roger Williams was a TCU player and coach, while Michael Reilly is a local businessman), meaning there are four individuals recognized here. It may be a bit wordy, but it is much better than naming rights sold to a corporation.
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