Del Conte talks Power 5 rules, season ticket policies, upcoming renovations


TCU’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Chris Del Conte talked about the sweeping changes to sports programs of the Power 5 conferences: Big 12, Big Ten, ACC, SEC and Pac-12.

Recently adopted rules for top-tier athletic programs mean that student-athletes’ scholarships will include money for expenses such as laundry, computers and travel to and from home. It also includes tuition and room and board.

“We want to have autonomous rules and regulations that we can govern ourselves with,” Del Conte said.

Del Conte spoke at the seventh annual Town Hall for TCU athletics Feb. 2. The forum, which was held in the auditorium of the Brown-Lupton University Union, drew a crowd of alumni eager to hear about the new transfer policy for season tickets.

Under the change, tickets and donor parking for any sport may be transferred to a blood-related family member as a one time Frog Club transfer gift, along with an associated required donation.

Del Conte said that with TCU sports competing at their highest levels, the university can’t afford to lose season ticket holders.

“Our legacy is important,” Del Conte said.

In addition to the ticket exchange, Del Conte talked about the physical changes fans will see next season. He said the parking garage being built behind the stadium will yield 985 new spaces.

Del Conte said the next project for TCU athletics is to raise $1 million so renovations to the Charlie and Marie Lupton Baseball Stadium can begin.

“When recruiting the finest student-athletes in the country, facilities matter,” Del Conte said. “It’s our responsibility to make sure we have a collective outstanding athletic program.”