TCU AD Chris Del Conte talks DMC renovations, football atmosphere at Town Hall meeting

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    TCU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Chris Del Conte hosted a town hall meeting in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Monday night.

    With over fifty alumni, fans and donors in attendance, Del Conte discussed a wide variety of issues. Topics covered included football seating, the possibility of adding new sports to TCU’s roster as well as the upcoming $45 million renovations to Daniel-Meyer.

    “[The stadium] is totally donor funded,” Del Conte said. “Texas Christian University donors have raised, in the last five years since I’ve been working for [TCU], I think we’ve raised $233 million of capital project money.”

    Del Conte said one goal for the renovations is to make a venue that will draw in new recruits.

    “My job is to provide coaches with all the tools necessary to recruit the finest student-athletes,” Del Conte said. “Facilities matter. Recruiting the finest student-athletes matters and that’s our job: to make sure we give our coaches and student-athletes those tools necessary.”

    The new stadium is expected to look more in line with the rest of campus and include an updated concourse section, featuring added space for trophies and plenty of TCU purple.

    “It might be too much purple,” Del Conte said. “But there’s never, in my opinion, too much purple.”

    In addition to the topics Del Conte chose to speak about himself, fans also sent questions in to [email protected] prior to the event.

    One fan asked about the heat at football games and what the athletics department plans to do to overcome it. Del Conte said fans will be allowed to bring water into Amon G. Carter Stadium next season.

    “We are going to allow people to bring in water,” Del Conte said. “I’m a little nervous about the student section because it may not be water. It may be vodka.”

    Del Conte added the athletics department will do a better job of having water stations placed throughout the stadium.

    Another fan had a question regarding the recent addition of sand volleyball to TCU’s list of official sports. They wanted to know whether or not softball was next to be added.

    “It’s on the agenda,” Del Conte said. “I can only chew so much off of the apple.”

    Del Conte said money and location are the primary reasons why certain sports can be added faster than others.

    “If we had stayed in the Big East, we would’ve added lacrosse,” Del Conte said.

    One of the primary topics of discussion on the night was the state of TCU football.

    With TCU’s recent dominance over SMU, a fan asked Del Conte if the team would consider removing the Mustangs from their non-conference schedule. The Frogs are 12-2 against SMU in their last fourteen meetings.

    “It’ll continue to be a topic of discussion,” Del Conte said. “It’s a big game for them. Not necessarily for us.”

    Del Conte also mentioned he hopes to see Amon G. Carter “amped up” next season in terms of fan interaction.

    “We want to create a hostile environment,” Del Conte said.

    In order to create that environment, Del Conte said he’s considered adding speakers to the student section, as well as selling beer at football games.

    “It’s something’s being talked about.”

     

    Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 1:10 p.m.