The Horned Frogs will play the first basketball game in Fort Worth’s new Dickies Arena Dec. 6, 2019, against the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans.
“We’re looking forward to hosting TCU and providing a first-class experience for their student athletes, coaching staff and fans in 2019 and in the years to come,” said Matt Homan, president and general manager of Trail Drive Management Corp. (TDMC), the not-for-profit operating entity of Dickies Arena.
Dickies Arena is a 14,000-seat multipurpose venue set to open November 2019 adjacent to the Will Rogers Memorial Center, a three-mile drive from TCU’s campus.
“It is truly exciting to be a part of the first major sporting event at Dickies Arena,” said TCU director of intercollegiate athletics Jeremiah Donati.
This season, the Horned Frogs will play the Trojans in the upcoming 2018-19 season when they meet in the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic Dec. 7 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
The game at Dickies Arena in 2019 fulfills part of a two-year agreement between the two schools.
“We are thrilled to be a part of the first collegiate basketball game at Dickies Arena,” said TCU head coach Jamie Dixon. “It will be a great way to showcase Fort Worth as well as our basketball program.”
TCU went 21-12 overall last season and a program-best 9-9 in the Big 12 Conference. The Frogs made postseason play for the second-straight season and earned an NCAA Tournament bid for the first time in 20 seasons.
USC finished 24-12 overall and 12-6 in the PAC-12 last season. The Trojans were a top seed in the NIT where they lost to Western Kentucky in the second round. In the previous two seasons, USC earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament, including an appearance in the round of 32 in 2017.
TCU is 1-1 all-time against USC. The Trojans won the last meeting, 83-59, on Dec. 19, 2011 in Los Angeles. The Frogs won the first meeting, 81-69, in Fort Worth on Nov. 29, 2010.
Ticket pricing and on sale information will be available at a later date. The game will not be included in the TCU season ticket package.