Texas Christian University Amon G. Carter Stadium Redevelopment in Fort Worth, Texas. Right photo courtesy Austin Commercial & Aerial Photography, Inc

Texas Christian University Amon G. Carter Stadium Redevelopment



Thornton Tomasetti provided comprehensive structural engineering for the redevelopment of the open-air Amon G. Carter football stadium, home of the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs. The renovation and expansion of the stadium’s west side, north end zone and east side was completed in concurrent phases and will include improved spectator field views and accessibility, a new upper seating bowl, upgraded concession stands and restrooms, and modern fan amenities. The stadium’s new design incorporates 1930s Southwestern Art Deco style, consistent with Fort Worth and Texas Christian University campus architecture.

The first phase of the renovation consisted of the demolition of the existing west upper seating bowl; the addition of two new seating decks including 24 suites, 2,500 club seats and a 20,000-square-foot founder’s club lounge on the west side; and a new seating deck at the north end zone with a 36-foot by 56-foot high-definition video display. The existing concrete lower seating bowl remains. Upgraded concession areas will be located on the main concourse level. Phase two consists of demolition and replacement of the existing upper east seating bowl and building façade. The building structure is composed of a drilled pier foundation, cast-in-place concrete frame, structural steel rakers and precast concrete seating units.

The redeveloped Amon G. Carter Stadium provides fans open vistas of the field from the main concourse level. Built in 1930, this was the first major renovation to the stadium since 1956.

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