"Hell's Half Acre"; "The Carter"
|Location||2850 Stadium Drive|
Fort Worth, Texas 76129
|Owner||Texas Christian University|
|Operator||Texas Christian University|
|Record attendance||50,307 (TCU vs. Utah, 2009)|
Astro turf: 1973-1991
Tifway 419 Bermuda Grass: 1992-present
|Opened||October 11, 1930|
|Construction cost||$164 million (2010-12 reconstruction)|
$100 million (2020 East side expansion)
HKS, Inc. (2010-12 reconstruction)
|TCU Horned Frogs (NCAA) (1930-present)|
Armed Forces Bowl (NCAA) (2003-2009; 2012-present)
Amon G. Carter Stadium is an open-air football stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. It is the home stadium of the TCU Horned Frogs football team. It is named after Amon G. Carter, a prominent Fort Worth businessman, newspaper publisher, and city booster. It has several popular nicknames, the most popular being "The Carter" and "Hell's Half Acre" (a reference to the site in Fort Worth's wild west past, which was located near the stadium, as well as the difficulty opposing teams have winning in the stadium).
In 1923, TCU received a generous donation from Mary Couts Burnett, the widow of a wealthy and well known Texas rancher. The Burnett donation constituted the egg for TCU's endowment. One condition of the Burnett donation was that a portion of it would be used for the construction of a new library, and it was decided to build the Mary Couts Burnett Library where the school's athletic field, Clark Field, was then located.
The removal of Clark Field necessitated the construction of a new field for athletic competition, especially in the sport of football. TCU played its first season of football in 1896, and since then had built a reputation of excellence garnering national attention, and joined the Southwest Conference in 1923.
In 1928, the school received a generous gift from Amon G. Carter, publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Carter asked Andrew Poyar, one of the designers of Shields-Watkins Field (now Neyland Stadium) at the University of Tennessee, to create the blueprints for the structure.
Amon Carter stadium was constructed from 1929 to 1930 with an original seating capacity of 22,000. The stadium hosted its first football game on October 11, 1930, when TCU defeated the University of Arkansas.
In the 1930s under head coach Dutch Meyer, the Horned Frogs won national championships in 1935 and 1938.
The first expansion of the stadium took place in 1948, with construction raising the capacity by 8,500 to a total of 30,500. In 1951 and 1953, 2,500 and 4,000 more seats were added which raised capacity to 37,000 seats. An upper deck, topped by a two-story press box and highlighted with a large stylized "TCU", was added in 1956. This brought the stadium's capacity to 46,083.
In 1985 and 1991, improvements were made to the seating. This involved replacing the old seats in the lower bowl with aluminum bleachers. The upper-deck seats were later replaced in the same way. This reduced the stadium capacity to 44,008 spectators.
In 1992, the artificial turf, which had been in place since 1973, was replaced with natural grass. In 2002, the David E. Bloxom, Sr. Foundation helped install a new scoreboard and videoboard.
New club seats and luxury suites were added prior to the 2008 season, increasing capacity to 44,358, and again in 2020.
In August 2010, TCU announced a $105 million renovation of the west side and north end zone of Amon G. Carter Stadium to better enhance football fans' experience, upgrade amenities, and transform the historic Fort Worth icon into the "Camden Yards" of collegiate football stadiums.
The planned renovation quickly expanded into a rebuild of the entire stadium above ground level, and partially below. Only the below-ground-level playing field and lower seating bowl were retained. Everything else, including much of the subterranean infrastructure, was rebuilt. The West-side stands were imploded on December 5, 2010, and the East-side stands were demolished during the early winter 2011. The stadium reconstruction was funded completely by donor support (no bonds or debt). The project was fully completed in 2012 at a total cost of $164 million.
In 2019 the stadium underwent an additional $118 million East side expansion.
|1||Nov. 14, 2009||50,307||TCU 55, Utah 28|
|2||Oct. 3, 2015||48,694||TCU 50, Texas 7|
|3||Oct. 26, 2013||48,212||TCU 7, Texas 30|
|4||Sept. 16, 2015||48,127||TCU 56, SMU 37|
|5||Sept. 10, 2016||48,091||TCU 38, Arkansas 41 2OT|
|6||Nov. 4, 2017||48,042||TCU 24, Texas 7|
|7||Nov. 8, 2014||48,012||TCU 41, Kansas State 20|
|8||Oct. 20, 2012||47,894||TCU 53, Texas Tech 56 3OT|
|9||Nov. 27, 2015||47,675||TCU 28, Baylor 21 2OT|
|10||Oct. 26, 2019||47,660||TCU 37, Texas 27|
Since 2003, the stadium's playing surface has been named W.A. "Monty & Tex" Moncrief Field, usually shortened to Moncrief Field, after W. A. "Tex" Moncrief Jr. and his father W. A. "Monty" Moncrief Sr.. The naming came following a $3 million donation by Tex to the football program.
The Armed Forces Bowl, previously the Fort Worth Bowl, has been played annually at Amon Carter Stadium since 2003. The bowl game was temporarily moved, however, to SMU's Gerald Ford Stadium in Dallas for the 2010 and 2011 bowl seasons due to the reconstruction.
An earlier bowl game, the Fort Worth Classic, was played in Fort Worth at the predecessor to Amon Carter Stadium in 1921.
|Date played||Winning team||Losing team||Notes|
|December 23, 2003||Boise State ||34||TCU||31||notes|
|December 23, 2004||Cincinnati||32||Marshall ||14||notes|
|December 23, 2005||Kansas||42||Houston||13||notes|
|December 23, 2006||Utah||25||Tulsa||13||notes|
|December 31, 2007||California||42||Air Force||36||notes|
|December 31, 2008||Houston||34||Air Force||28||notes|
|December 31, 2009||Air Force||47||Houston||20||notes|
|December 30, 2010||Army||16||SMU||14||notes|
|December 30, 2011||BYU||24||Tulsa||21||notes|
|December 29, 2012||Rice||33||Air Force||14||notes|
|December 30, 2013||Navy||24||Middle Tennessee||6||notes|
|January 2, 2015||Houston||35||Pittsburgh||34||notes|
|December 29, 2015||California||55||Air Force||36||notes|
|December 23, 2016||Louisiana Tech||48||Navy||45||notes|
|December 23, 2017||Army||42||San Diego State||35||notes|
|December 22, 2018||No. 22 Army||70||Houston||14||notes|
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