Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Waiting for word on the stadium renovations...

It's been a constant topic of conversation all around TCU for years now: when are we going to update our aging football stadium? The first conceptual drawings leaked out a few years ago, along with whispers that the administration was looking towards doing something. Then came more drawings, along with reports that fund-raising was underway.

In the past few months, we've seen news stories informing us that the fund-raising efforts were nearly complete and that an official announcement was looming at it's end, which had a "deadline" of either June 30 or July 1 depending on who you chose to believe.

So now that we're at the brink of that deadline, what comes next? You would think that at this point, no news is bad news. The longer we go on with no word from TCU officials on the matter, the more likely that they eventually let us know that, because of the recession, the fund-raising threashold was not met and that the renovation will not happen. In that case, is it pushed back just until they meet that goal? How long will that take?

Or are we right on the verge of some grand announcement where we'll finally officially learn all of the juicy details for which we've waited so long? The school did just surpass their academic fund-raising goal for 2012 two years early- perhaps the fact that money is pouring in to the school right now is a good omen? And maybe we haven't heard much about this lately because all of the buzz has been about the baseball team.

Then again, the article (published on June 22) about the school meeting those academic goals did conclude with this vague sentence, which kind of makes me think we're gonna have to wait just a bit longer:

"During the remaining years of the campaign, TCU will continue to raise funds for several other areas, including a renovation of Amon Carter Stadium."

So be on the look-out for news on this issue, and hopefully soon...

6 comments:

hornedtoad said...

I have a brother in the construction biz, he told me a few weeks ago that the company he works for is bidding on the project. So something is definitely in the works but who knows how long until the details are final.

WillIam said...

I read a week or two ago that we just recently met our fund raising goal of $250 million for the stadium. Another article published about a month before that stated that if we met that goal, we would start construction after this coming season. It should be a matter of time before an announcement

groundfrog said...

If the project is up for bid, that is a pretty good sign that it will start soon. I've heard of at least one meeting with a non-tcu entity regarding the west side of the stadium not existing by the end of the year, and I'm guessing the comments about additional fundraising are regarding money for the north and east side renovations.

LT4heisman said...

I'm leaning toward "grand announcement."

Texas Hammer said...

The fundraising goal of $250 million is completely separate from ACS renovations.

There was an article yesterday on the Eastern Bloc re: GP interview with Sporting News and he seemed to leak some "unpublished" information re: ACS renovation campaign and that we exceeded the $105 million goal.

Soooo.......I guess we wait (with rain jackets and umbrellas down here).

Texas Hammer said...

Said article is now posted in the pre-lunch fecal deposit.

Specifically, reason 4 at the bottom of the page.