Official: Trustees approve stadium renovations

Editor’s note: This article was updated at 5 p.m. April 9.

The Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution today that pushed rumored renovations to Amon Carter Stadium much closer to reality, said Athletics Director Chris Del Conte.

The renovation could begin as early as the end of next football season, if fundraising goals are met, said Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Brian Gutierrez.

Del Conte and Gutierrez made a presentation to the board this week reviewing the latest status of the project.

“Amon G. Carter Stadium is in need of upgrades to facilitate better access to basic amenities such as restrooms, concessions and the upper deck,” Gutierrez said. “The overall fan experience will be significantly enhanced by the renovation as well.”

The project will be entirely donor-funded and has a total budget of $105 million. Officials did not say how much has currently been pledged for the project.

“If we are able to complete fundraising by July 1, 2010, by securing the necessary pledges, then the project could begin as early as the end of the 2010 football season subject to and dependent upon Board of Trustees’ approval,” Gutierrez said.

The Board of Trustees includes 46 voting members, and in order for a resolution to pass, it must get at least 24 votes.

The renovation project is being managed by HKS Inc., which has prepared multiple renderings that have popped up on TCU-centric blogs in the past few months.

Gutierrez said the renderings “reflect the schematic design work to date” and “detailed architectural/engineering drawings are in the process of being developed.”

Calls to Jerry Fawcett, the principal in charge of the project at HKS, Friday afternoon were not immediately returned.