Stadium upgrade on schedule

Construction behind the south end zone of Amon Carter Stadium is on schedule and is planned to be completed by July 1, an associate athletics director said.

The Dutch Meyer Athletics Complex and Abe Martin Academic Enhancement Center have been under construction since the beginning of the 2007 football season.

Ross Bailey, associate director of athletics, said all construction is going as planned and no problems are expected.

Bailey said the construction crew is currently doing masonry work, building the interior wall layout and putting up roof-level decking.

Demolition of some of the existing structures for the addition of new buildings is also underway, Bailey said.

The facility will include six suites, 250 club seats, a larger academic area for student-athletes and a team meeting room and hospitality area.

Patrick Mucker, the project manager, said no problems or delays are expected that might possibly throw off the tentative completion date.

Mucker said the crew is continuing to finish the steel support structures and the lecture room is going as planned.

Electrical and plumbing work should start in the next few weeks, Mucker said.

Mark Cohen, director of athletics media relations, said the stadium will definitely be completed before the beginning of the fall semester.

“When I look out of my window, it’s different every day,” Cohen said. “You could leave for a couple of days and it would look completely different when you get back.”

One of the final additions to the facilities will be the seats, Mucker said.

“They’re hanging precast concrete units that will support the seats and those will go in near the end,” Mucker said.

The Dutch Meyer Athletics Complex and Abe Martin Academic Enhancement Center are the second half of TCU’s projects to enhance the university’s football program.

Construction of the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility was completed shortly after the beginning of the football season.

The combined facilities cost about $20 million, according to the Houston Chronicle.