Implosion brings down the west grandstand of Amon G. Carter Stadium


    With the wind chill of 28 degrees and the implosion happening around 8:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning, crowds still made it out to watch the implosion of the Amon G. Carter stadium.

    Rubbing her hands together to warm them, alumna Jennifer Dart said that even though she was freezing she wouldn’t miss the implosion. Dart has been coming to football games at the stadium since she was five years old.

    “This is a good turnout,” Dart said. “I think the community is really behind the growth of the university and they are excited about the new stadium going in.”

    When one long blast from the Frog Horn came the crowd cheered, knowing the sound meant the implosion would happen in less than a minute.

    Bundled up with scarves and mittens, people held up their phones, cameras, and video cameras in anticipation of watching the stadium collapse.

    This is not just an athletic or a TCU event, Mark Cohen, director of athletics media relations, said. The implosion of the stadium took cooperation from everyone in the city.

    “It’s something that just doesn’t happen that often,” Cohen said. “Than you combine that with the BCS announcement coming up later tonight and it’s an incredible Sunday to be a Horned Frog.”

    The structure came down in three parts and only took about 30 seconds to collapse.

    Everyone wants to see an explosion in real life, said Abby Blunt, a junior film, television, and digital media major.

    “This is actually my morning to sleep in after weeks of writing papers, but I still came,” Blunt said. “It’s so weird to look at it on campus and not seeing the stadium there.”

    A student living in Worth Hills, said it would be tough to walk around campus today with all the dust from the implosion.

    Renovation for the stadium is expected to be finished for the 2012 football season.