TCU readies under-construction stadium for opener

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by JIM DOUGLAS

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Posted on September 16, 2011 at 7:02 PM

FORT WORTH - Think of it as a two minute drill... with power drills.

Friday afternoon, crews were still installing systems at TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium. It was just 24 hours before Saturday's home opener.

"We got the last piece of equipment 30 minutes ago," said associate athletic director Ross Bailey.

The last piece was a component for the press box.

"Sort of one of those, 'Oh shucks' moments, but we got it in," Bailey said.

Bailey said contractors turned Amon Carter stadium over to the school at noon.

Then the race was on.

Washing away construction dust, finishing up wiring on a huge new video screen and hauling in ice machines and portable toilets, among other jobs.

"Everything on the west side will be portable facilities," Bailey said. "[Both] restrooms and concessions."

The stadium renovation is only about half finished. Much of the new addition isn't accessible.

Fans this season must deal with 11 thousand fewer seats and 12 hundred fewer parking spots, according to officials.

Bailey said to allow extra time to get in and out of the game.

"Keep a good attitude," said Bailey. "Know that it's a transitional year, is what we ask."

The $160 million project won't be completed until this time next year.

But school officials think it will be ready enough for Saturday's home opener at 1 p.m. against Louisiana-Monroe.

E-mail jdouglas@wfaa.com

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