By Ryan Crowe, CBSDFW.com

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) –With the swing of a wrecking ball, the majority of the student section of TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium came crashing to the ground Monday morning.

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The eastern section of the stadium’s grandstand is being torn down as phase 2 of a complete overhaul of the 81-year-old facility.  Part one began last fall with the dismantling of the press box and upper deck of the west grandstand.

Even before completion, the new Amon G. Carter Stadium is being heralded as a ‘first class’ facility for college football.

Monday’s work removed the upper seating and concession area of the eastern grandstand, as well as the entrance facade generally seen by fans arriving from the main part of TCU’s campus.

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Stadium construction is set to be completed in time for the 2012 home opener.  The Horned Frogs will move into the Big 12 conference next fall.