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TCU Prepares For Renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium

By Selena Hernandez, CBS 11 News
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The TCU Football team, before playing BYU on October 16, 2010.

Head coach Gary Patterson of the TCU Horned Frogs takes to the field with offensive guard Josh Vernon #78 and tackle Zach Roth #70 against the BYU Cougars at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas. (credit: Tom Pennington / Getty Images)

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Christian University Horned Frogs fought a good fight at their last home game of the season, beating San Diego State 40 – 35. The next time the team plays at Amon G. Carter Stadium, it’ll have a new look. The stadium’s west side will implode next month.

“It’s a little bittersweet,” TCU Alumn Lee Newman said. “It’s sad to see the stadium go down but it’s a testament to TCU and what all TCU has done.”

Newman was among the thousands in attendance during Saturday’s game. The former Frog used to play football and was the team’s kicker in the late 80s. For Newman, Amon G. Carter Stadium is more than just a venue; it was a vital part of his collegiate experience.

“Tons of memories. It was a great time in my life,” Newman recalled. “Just going out on the field and kicking balls all summer long and during the off season – holding dummies for Kenneth Davis and other running backs.”

A standing-room only crowd of more than 50,000 Frogs Fans came out to the game, all with their own special memories of the stadium that holds so much promise for a team fighting for a BCS bowl bid for a second straight year.

“We couldn’t have scripted it better – best year ever,” TCU Senior Gretchen Wilhulm said. “Ever.”

On Dec. 5, the stadium’s west side will be imploded during a special watch party. The demolition will give way to a new and improved bowl seating area, modern amenities and concessions, and 24-new suites with more than 2,000 seating availability.

“It’s been a great stadium, but they haven’t been able to fill it, except within the last few years. It’s going to be sad to see it go, but it’ll be a nice venue for the kind of football TCU is playing right now,” TCU alumnus Joe Ssurdacki said.

As such, it’s like a new stadium for a new generation of Horned Frogs.

“Freshman year, it was a pretty good crowd but it’s been growing every year but now we’re packing the stadium every game and people are behind the Frogs,” TCU Junior Jimmy Bailey said.

The team will continue to play at the stadium next year, during the renovations. Seating, though, will be limited to just about 30,000.

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