Renovations begin on Amon Carter Stadium to accommodate athletics program

A campuswide makeover would not be complete without giving the John Justin Athletic Center a new look.Fundraising has begun to renovate the south end of the Amon Carter Stadium to accommodate the growing needs of TCU athletics, said Danny Morrison, athletics director.

The renovations to the John Justin Athletic Center will create multiple uses out of the same facility, he said.

Renovations will add several new meeting rooms and other academic facilities for student-athletes. A hospitality area for the football and basketball programs will also be created, Morrison said.

Ross Bailey, associate athletics director, said the renovation will set the tone for the entire athletic department as one that wants students to excel both athletically and academically.

TCU recently added its 20th NCAA program, the equestrian team, which has inflated the student-athlete population, said Chris Uchacz, director of athletic academic services.

While the students haven’t outgrown the current academic spaces, it’s very likely there will be a need for more space in the foreseeable future, Uchacz said.

The addition of a computer lab and tutorial rooms will allow the office of academic services to better serve the student-athletes, Uchacz said.

There will also be many benefits at the athletic end as well, Morrison said.

A potential dining component of the renovation will allow the department to host banquets and team meals, Bailey said.

A tiered team meeting room will be added to allow the football team to review game footage together, Bailey said.

There will also be six suites added, Morrison said.

The suites will resemble those at the Dallas Cowboy Stadium or American Airlines Center, Morrison said.

“It’s a win-win for everybody,” Bailey said.

The department is currently in the preliminary stages of the $13 million project, but $3 million must still be raised before proceeding, Morrison said.

Private donors have pledged $10 million to the project; however, this doesn’t mean that TCU has that money in its bank accounts just yet, Morrison said. He said a pledge is essentially a commitment to donate.

TCU will have to collect at least $8 million from those commitments to begin renovation, he said.

In considering further renovation of the stadium, the project will serve as a starting point, Bailey said.

It will “become the model home for the future,” Bailey said.