Seating increased in baseball?s Lupton Stadium


    Amon G. Carter Stadium’s renovations have garnered the bulk of attention regarding university athletic complexes recently, construction is also under way to add about 700 new seats to TCU baseball’s Lupton Stadium. The construction is part of a renovation project that is scheduled to be completed before the start of the new season.

    “I’m excited about TCU’s great baseball season,” athletics director Chris Del Conte said. “We have to continue to build and expand.”

    In addition to increased seating, the stadium infrastructure itself will be reworked. An architect will be brought in to improve the locker room, training room, weight room and offices.

    The stadium renovations were funded by a private donor who approached TCU after the 2010 College World Series. Del Conte said the TCU community was lucky to have great donors willing to improve lives on campus, and athletics was a part of that.

    Associate Athletics Director for Operations T. Ross Bailey wrote in an e-mail that the increase in seating was a much-needed change from last year.

    “The facility has [about] 2,400 permanent seats, and we averaged over 3,100 [people] last year,” Bailey wrote. “The demand for additional seating was warranted.”

    Daniel-Meyer Coliseum may be next for renovations

    There has also been speculation that Daniel-Meyer Coliseum also will be renovated in preparation for TCU’s move to the Big East in 2012. Del Conte said speculation on renovations is premature.

    “I think that we are going to have to address Daniel-Meyer at some point in time,” he said. “But it’s not imminent, as in tomorrow.”

    Del Conte acknowledged that Daniel-Meyer will have to be updated before TCU’s move to the Big East.

    We’ll take care of baseball and football right now,” Del Conte said. “We are going to have a very good look at Daniel-Meyer, and address that facility…in the not-too-distant future.”

    Sports editor Ryne Sulier contributed to this article.