TCU gets OK for more stadium renovations

TCU received approval from its board of trustees Monday to renovate the east side of Amon G. Carter Stadium following the conclusion of the 2011 football season, the school announced.

The renovation will enable TCU to have a fully renovated stadium in time for the 2012 season, which marks TCU's first year in the Big East. The Horned Frogs host Oklahoma and Virginia next fall in addition to conference home games against West Virginia, Cincinnati, Louisville and South Florida. Future home games at Amon G. Carter also include LSU and Arkansas.

Donors have contributed $143 million to date, exceeding the goal of $105 million when the initial announcement of a renovation to Amon G. Carter was made last August. At the time, the east side was a project marked for completion several years down the road.

"This truly defines the momentum we have on campus," said Clarence Scharbauer, chairman of the board of trustees. "We very much appreciate all those who have made it possible for TCU to have a facility that will rank among the nation's finest. The new Amon G. Carter Stadium is for all of TCU, Fort Worth and the greater community."

Capacity for the completed Amon G. Carter Stadium will be 43,000 with expansion opportunities that could allow for 50,000 or more in the future.

The new east side will feature a double deck similar to what has been created in the north end zone. The height of the upper deck will be at the level of the speakers that currently sit on the light poles of the existing stadium.

TCU has a school record 20-game home winning streak, a mark that currently ranks as the third-longest in the nation. Under Gary Patterson, TCU is 51-6 in 10 seasons at Amon G. Carter.

The Horned Frogs open the 2011 season at 7 p.m. Friday at Baylor on ESPN.