Category: 2018

TCU football begins $100 million stadium upgrades

TCU football begins $100 million stadium upgrades

The TCU football program’s success has generated big money which has also allowed it to start big projects. That now means a bigger stadium.

Construction will soon start on a $100 million-dollar expansion to Amon G. Carter Stadium. The project comes after the stadium went through a $164 million renovation in 2012 — TCU’s first season in the Big 12 Conference — and is expected to be done in time for the 2019 season.

Associate Athletic Director Ross Bailey

“We’ve gone through six seasons of playing in the stadium, (and) part of what has become apparent is that our fans, our patrons, have had a desire for a premium-level experience,” said Ross Bailey, TCU’s senior associate athletic director. “And we were out of that space, we didn’t have anything to offer them.”  

The expansion will add 1,100 club seats, 22 luxury suites, and 48 loge boxes for a total of about 2,000 more seats, said Jeremiah Donati, TCU’s athletic director.

Bailey said there will be more to the expansion than football facilities.

“There’s going to be a ballroom club up on top of this thing that’s going to seat about 700 people with unobstructed views,” he said.

Bailey said that will fill a need because the B.L.U.U (Brown Lupton University Union) can only seat about 450 to 500 people and its normally booked all the time. The extensions will be made on the East Entrance building, providing another place to host events and hold celebrations.

The side nearest TCU’s campus and Frog Alley will be receiving the upgrades seen in this rendering. Photo courtesy of TCU Athletics


TCU breaks ground on new music building

TCU breaks ground on new music building

TCU’s music department is spread out across seven buildings, but in two years it will all come together in a state of the art building behind Brite Divinity School.

The building will be part of the Creative Commons that is transforming east campus from a sea of parking lots to a hub of learning.

The new building’s prime feature will be a concert hall that will seat 700 and be designed specifically for music performance.

“It will provide us an opportunity to have that as a signature building at TCU,” said Richard Gipson, director of the TCU School of Music.

Richard Gipson

Gibson said the concert hall has prompted the department is starting to rethink its program.

“We do more than just provide educational experiences and training for students,” he said. “We provide tremendous opportunities for art experiences for patriots outside of the university.”

The school of music provides studies such as piano, percussion, voice.

Gibson said that being spread out across seven buildings limited the ability of students to improve musically. However the new building won’t be the only new addition to the department. Gibson that the new building is the first step of a multiple face project.


Youngest winner of “The Voice” guided by North Texas native

Youngest winner of “The Voice” guided by North Texas native

Youth dominated the 14th season of “The Voice” as a 15-year-old took the top honors in a field that included several teens.

Alexa Cappelli, 18, of Upland, California was among the contestants. She said her experience – she was on Kelly Clarkson’s team, helped her improve her vocal and performance skills.

“She really did pour into us a lot and wanted to get to know us all as artists,” Alexa said of Clarkson.  Although Alexa was cut during the live playoffs, she said she learned from her coaches and the other contestants.

A recent graduate of Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), Alexa said the commercial music program taught her how to communicate with the coaches so she could learn to her fullest extent.

She described her time on “The Voice” as a constant learning experience where she was always surrounded by a variety of different musicians.

“I actually never thought I would make it, but once I got there it was just so cool because I was still learning,” she said. “You never stop learning.”

She said Clarkson, a native of Fort Worth, showed her how to take a step back and see how the platform she has been given can show her what to do with her career.

During her time on “The Voice,” Alexa said she became friends with Brynn Cartelli, who at 15, became the youngest winner in the show’s history.

“It’s so crazy to me how she is 15 and she knows what she wants. She knows so many types of music and is such a hardworking person,” Alexa said. She said Brynn is a perfect friend and beautiful person.

Under the guidance of country-pop star Clarkson, Brynn survived the Blind Audition, Battle Round, the Knockouts, and lastly the Live Broadcasts.

Brynn won $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Music Group. She said she plans to purchase a new electric keyboard and other music items for when she goes on tour.

“Kelly has helped me by being honest about what to expect in the music industry and by believing in me even when I didn’t,” Brynn said.

TCU’s efforts to resolve emergency protocol issues continue

TCU’s efforts to resolve emergency protocol issues continue

Seven months after the campus lockdown TCU is continuing to update its emergency protocol and promote campus safety.

Last November’s early morning lockdown prompted concerns that the announcement from the university’s alert system were only in English. At the time, some non-English speaking staff and students said they were at a loss as to what was happening.

Although TCU officials said they would address the situation, closing the language gap has been a challenge.

Adrian Andrews

“That would be a big movement on campus to make that happen, we have around 40 different languages we could use,” said Adrian Andrews, the assistant vice chancellor for public safety.

He said the university is instead focused on teaching people how to respond to emergency situations. The idea is for everyone – English speakers and non-English speakers – to react when they hear lockdown, evacuation and shelter in place.

“We are taking deputies, emergency floor officers and supervisors to make sure they know each response to every situation,” he said. “We are teaching the non-English speaking students that when they hear any of those three words, that they will know exactly what they mean and what to do. We will go through drills hopefully during the summer for each building on campus, so they can practice those three procedures.”

TCU holds classes on what to do if there’s an active shooter on campus, as well as situation awareness in general. The classes have gained more attention since the lockdown, going from 16 to 60 students attending each session, Andrews said. The classes are once a month and include speakers and a question and answer portion for people to ask questions about safety and security issues. These classes teach people what to do when they know where the shooter is, when they don’t know where the shooter is and self defense tips.

TCU is also looking at technology that can help make things safer. New apps – “Frog Shield” and “Friend Watch” – are expected to be available when classes resume in the fall. Frog Shield bypasses 911 and calls the police department with the click of a button. It also allows students to send in anonymous reports and videos. Friend Watch allows students to add friends to their “call list” while out walking. If the friends do not check off that they have arrived at their destination safely, their friends can contact police.

The apps allow students who are studying abroad to notify their local police departments when they are stuck in a dangerous situation.

“Once TCU realized that we are susceptible to violence, that this is the real world and that these are things are happening, they start asking “What do I do?” Andrews said.