Friday, April 9, 2010

Board of trustees approve renovations to "The Carter"

Official: Trustees approve stadium renovations Daily Skiff
Josh Davis

The Board of Trustees passed a resolution today that pushed rumored renovations to Amon Carter Stadium much closer to reality, said Athletics Director Chris Del Conte.The renovation could begin as early as the end of next football season, if fundraising goals are met, said Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Brian Gutierrez.

Del Conte and Gutierrez made a presentation to the board this week reviewing the latest status of the project.

"Amon G. Carter Stadium is in need of upgrades to facilitate better access to basic amenities such as restrooms, concessions and the upper deck," Gutierrez said. "The overall fan experience will be significantly enhanced by the renovation as well."

The project will be entirely donor-funded and has a total budget of $105 million. Officials did not say how much has currently been pledged for the project.

"If we are able to complete fundraising by July 1, 2010, by securing the necessary pledges, then the project could begin as early as the end of the 2010 football season subject to and dependent upon Board of Trustees' approval," Gutierrez said.

The Board of Trustees includes 46 voting members, and in order for a resolution to pass, it must get at least 24 votes.

The renovation project is being managed by HKS Inc., which has prepared multiple renderings that have popped up on TCU-centric blogs in the past few months.

Gutierrez said the renderings "reflect the schematic design work to date" and "detailed architectural/engineering drawings are in the process of being developed."

Calls to Jerry Fawcett, the principal in charge of the project at HKS, Friday afternoon were not immediately returned.


Proposed new stadium renderings

Frogs in Houston this weekend

While the attention of many Frog fans will be focused on the spring game at Amon G. Carter this weekend, the baseball team has a very important road series against their former SWC and CUSA rivals Houston. Freshman Matt Purke takes the hill for TCU tonight at 6:30pm, followed by sophomore Kyle Winkler tomorrow evening also at 6:30 and then junior Steven Maxwell on Sunday at 1:00pm.

And while the shoulder injury sustained by Tank Carder is probably causing a lot of uneasiness in Frogland, the baseball team is dealing with a key injury of their own. Aaron Fitt of Baseball America tweeted that sophomore shortstop Taylor Featherston injured his knee Tuesday night against OU. He apparently has had an MRI, but there has been no official word yet on how much time (if any) he might miss.

Oh, and one more note for those of you Houston-dwelling Frog fans...U of H sells beer at their baseball games. Point, Buffalo.


This is a little interesting. According to Kiper, Gresham is also being looked at for the center position.



Analysis: Walton has been as good as he can be considering the mess the Baylor team was for most of the season, and battling the likes of Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy added to the fun. (Walton looks even better after some of Suh's late-season dominance versus other good centers.) Gresham was mostly a long-snapper at TCU, but NFL types are looking at him here.

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