As football season comes to a close, Amon G. Carter Stadium takes on a different purpose for students and members of the community.
Working out, studying, and taking pictures on the field are popular activities in the stadium during the off-season.
“It’s peaceful and usually on a nice night I’ll get a lot of work done,” said senior finance major Sarah Doherty. “It’s a lot more calming than the library.”
Other students said they enjoy running up and down the bleachers or “running stadiums” as a form of exercise.
“It’s a great work out,” said first-year pre-business major Lexi Koch. “It kicks your butt and it’s just really fun to be in here when it’s so quite.”
Associate Athletics Director Ross Bailey said he worries about students’ safety being alone in the stadium.
“If somebody was to get up on the upper deck, have an accident, have some kind of physical illness, nobody’s watching them,” said Bailey.
Instead TCU police suggest people use other areas provided to them for exercise.
Bailey said it has been hard to regulate the hours students can use the stadium with the construction of the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena.
“One of the issues this past year is that the stadium has always been open,” said Bailey. “There’s someone almost always in the stadium until 10 p.m.”
Once construction is over, the stadium will only be accessible 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bailey said.
For now, TCU police Lt. Ramiro Abad advises that students and members of the community not be in the stadium past 9:30 p.m.