Amon G. Carter Stadium – TCU Horned Frogs
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Amon G. Carter Stadium has been home to Texas Christian University football since October 11, 1930. The stadium was named after Amon G. Carter, a Fort Worth businessman, founder of the Fort Worth Star and Telegram, and city booster. The current 45,000 seat open-air facility officially replaced its predecessor in 2012. However, the beginnings of the modern version began on December 5, 2010, with the implosion of the old stadium’s west side upper deck.
TCU decided not to displace its football team during the venue’s construction, causing a logistical challenge for home games during the 2011 football season, which resulted in fewer seats and thus smaller attendance that year. In 2012, after $164 million dollars completely funded through donor support, the current Amon G. Carter Stadium opened for Horned Frogs football. The renovation was successful enough that TCU announced a plan to spend another $100 million dollars to add luxury suites and seating in time for the 2019 season.
The Carter, a popular nickname for Amon G. Carter Stadium, has a grass playing field, and the facility’s playing surface is named W. A. “Monty & Tex” Moncrief Field, usually shortened to Moncrief Field, after W. A. “Tex” Moncrief, Jr. and his father W. A. “Monty” Moncrief, Sr. The naming came following a $3 million donation by the Moncrief family to the football program.
Amon G. Carter Stadium is a host venue for the NCAA FBS College Bowl season, with the Armed Forces Bowl held here every December.
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There are plenty of options for food and beverage inside Amon G. Carter Stadium. The facility 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 here 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, and then just stop in and pick up your food in a separate lane. Of course, concessions 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 G. 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 – Frog Alley. Frog Alley opens two hours prior to kickoff and features live music, interactive games, bounce houses, live radio shows, food stands, and the TCU band and spirit squads leading fans into the stadium before kickoff, and continuing around the concourse. During the march in, the Horned Frogs enter Amon G. Carter 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 at 120 decibels every time the Horned Frogs score. There is also 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 – this is a mascot truly showing the TCU spirit. The student spirit is also evident as they gather along the east sideline of the venue, and the TCU band and showgirls have a special spot on concrete steps next to the student section.
The view from any seat at Amon G. Carter Stadium is wonderful. The south end zone tunnel is where the Horned Frogs enter the field, with the visitors entering from the northwest tunnel. Speaking of the visitors, the northeast 200 sections and northwest 400 sections usually where visiting team fans sit during games, and the north end zone is where the visiting team’s 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, and Amon G. Carter Stadium is right on campus. The campus is divided by University Drive, where there are a few restaurants popular for serving the TCU students.
Buffalo Bros is a sponsor of TCU athletics and is 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 that faces TCU’s 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 TCU’s campus, such as the Fort Worth Zoo, which is a good place for families, on University Drive near the Colonial Country Club. The Cultural District is also nearby, and has several museums, including the world famous Kimbell Art Museum. You can also visit the Will Rogers Memorial Center, home of the annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, or Lupton Stadium, home of TCU baseball. 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 from TCU.
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 Stockyards hotel on Exchange Street.
Texas Christian University is a small private school with an undergraduate enrollment around 8,500 students, so 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.
For games against Texas, Baylor, or other opponents of national importance, Amon G. Carter Stadium can become an intimidating place to play, united with energy from the student section along the visiting sideline. The noise level is taken up a few decibels 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.
TCU fans love their traditions, and one of the favorites is a chant from the early 1920s. A video at the end of the first quarter has past and present TCU students repeat the chant “Riff Ram Bah Zoo, Lickety Lickety Zoo Zoo, Who Wah, Wah Who”, and the last part is designated to a former Horned Frog saying “Give ’em hell, TCU!”.
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. However, there are a few lots within reasonable walking distance ranging from about $10 to $20, and 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. Shuttles are free from these locations and begin three hours before kick-off, with the last shuttle leaving about 45 minutes after the conclusion of the game.
There are also plenty of taxis if you are staying at a hotel downtown, but the cab fare can be as high as $25 each way depending on traffic – cabs are located at the corner of Bellaire Drive North and Stadium Drive (in front of the TCU Admissions building).
Getting inside the stadium is 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 can use, making it a shorter walk. The signage around the stadium is plentiful and helpful in finding your section, and the restrooms are well placed, so there are no lines interfering with people walking around the concourse.
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TCU football tickets are similar in cost to other large football programs, but the stadium is smaller so fans can get closer to the action.
There are two current pricing levels inside Amon G Carter Stadium; reserved and standing room only. The prices for single game tickets highly depends on the opponent – current prices range from $35 (SRO)/$55 (Reserved) for non-conference games to $85 (SRO)/$105 (Reserved) for the Texas game. The games against Texas, Oklahoma, and certain non-conference opponents from other Power 5 conferences are designated as premier games, while other non-conference opponents or FCS teams are designated as the lowest. However, the best way to look for single game football tickets is through a third-party like Ticket Monster, because season tickets are a great value compared to the single game prices, and season tickets are often bought and resold, especially among TCU faculty and staff, who get an even bigger discount than the public.
Compared to other sports venues, Amon G. Carter Stadium’s concessions are reasonably priced, although it is always better to find a local restaurant in the neighborhood, and Fort Worth has plenty of options. You can also find free parking, especially in the neighborhood near Lupton Stadium, if you don’t mind taking about a 10-minute walk.
TCU’s mascot, Super Frog, is one of the best non-living mascots in college football, and the TCU showgirls, the school’s dance team, have many similarities to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders. TCU also has tailgating with unique and massive BBQ pits (smokers), and the traditional Texas hospitality from the home fans provides a great game day experience.
In addition, TCU really does a great job of recognizing past accomplishments and gridiron greats. You’ll find plaques, timelines, banners, and more honoring the past all around the stadium. The stadium’s friendly confines also give fans great up-close access to a top-level college football program.
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.
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