Amon G. Carter Stadium

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. Amon G. Carter stadium 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).

Amon G. Carter Stadium
"Hell's Half Acre"; "The Carter"
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Stadium interior
Amon G. Carter Stadium is located in Texas
Amon G. Carter Stadium
Amon G. Carter Stadium
Location in Texas
Amon G. Carter Stadium is located in the United States
Amon G. Carter Stadium
Amon G. Carter Stadium
Location in the United States
Location2850 Stadium Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76129
Coordinates32°42′35″N 97°22′5″W / 32.70972°N 97.36806°W / 32.70972; -97.36806Coordinates: 32°42′35″N 97°22′5″W / 32.70972°N 97.36806°W / 32.70972; -97.36806
OwnerTexas Christian University
OperatorTexas Christian University
Capacity22,000 (1930–1947)
30,500 (1948–1950)
33,000 (1950–1952)
37,000 (1953–1955)
46,083 (1956–1990)
44,008 (1991–2007)
44,358 (2008–2010)
32,000 (2011)
45,000 (2012–2019)
47,000 (2020–present)
Record attendance50,307 (TCU vs. Utah, 2009)
SurfaceGrass: 1930–1972
Astro turf: 1973–1991
Tifway 419 Bermuda Grass: 1992–present
Broke ground1929
OpenedOctober 11, 1930
Construction cost$164 million (2010–12 reconstruction)
$100 million (2020 East side expansion)
ArchitectWilliam Jasdon
HKS, Inc. (2010–12 reconstruction)
TCU Horned Frogs (NCAA) (1930–present)
Armed Forces Bowl (NCAA) (2003–2009; 2012–present)

Between 2010 and 2012 the stadium underwent a $164 million reconstruction project. In 2019 the stadium underwent an additional $118 million East side expansion.


Planning and constructionEdit

Postcard of Texas Christian University Stadium, undated

In 1923, TCU received a private 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 private financial donation from Amon G. Carter, graduate of Texas Tech University, publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and a fervent civic booster of Fort Worth in general. 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.


Amon Carter Stadium prior to its demolition and reconstruction
Home side after improvements, 2016
Revamped end zone, 2016

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.



The highest ever recorded attendance at Amon G. Carter was 50,307, which occurred in 2009 against the University of Utah.[1]

The 2012 home season was the first time an entire season was sold out at Amon G. Carter Stadium.[2]

Largest CrowdsEdit

Rank Date Attendance Result
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

Playing surfaceEdit

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.[3]


Armed Forces BowlEdit

Panorama of the stadium, taken during the 2007 Armed Forces Bowl

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.

TCU Horned FrogsEdit

Located on the TCU campus, Amon Carter Stadium is the home field of the TCU Horned Frogs football team and marching band.

COVID-19 VaccinationsEdit

In February 2021, the parking lots of the stadium were used to stage a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site.[4] The operation is a collaboration between TCU, Baylor Scott & White Health and Tarrant County Public Health, with doses being administered in part by faculty and students from both the TCU/UNT Health Science Center and TCU's Harris College of Nursing.[5] Over the course of twelve weeks, more than 19,000 vaccine doses were administered at the site.[6]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Facer, Dirk. "TCU-Utah Football Game Sold Out". Deseret News. Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. Retrieved October 12, 2009.
  2. ^ "TCU sells out season football tickets for first time". Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 January 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Drive-Thru Vaccination Sites Open in Tarrant County". February 27, 2021. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  5. ^ "Drive-through vaccine at TCU". Fort Worth Business Press. February 10, 2021. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  6. ^ "Fort Worth medical school receives provisional accreditation". Fort Worth Business Press. June 22, 2021. Retrieved June 22, 2021.

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