University prepares for families, first sold-out game since ’84

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    The Horned Frogs have their hands full.Saturday’s home football game at 4:30 p.m. against the Big 12 Texas Tech Raiders has meant extra preparation on behalf of the TCU administration, athletics department, Student Government Association and the TCU and Fort Worth Police. Not to mention, Family Weekend kicks off today.

    The game, which has many fans excited for a chance to beat Tech after a failed attempt in Lubbock in 2004, is sold out. TCU has been prepping for crowd control for the program’s first sold-out home game since 1984.

    In case of potential problems between TCU and Tech fans, TCU and Fort Worth Police officers will be maintaining a high visibility in the stands, and extra officers will be positioned in possible problematic areas, Fort Worth Police Lt. Paul Jwanowski said.

    In addition to adding 30 more police officers and two more EMS teams, extra temporary rest room facilities are being brought in, said Ross Bailey, associate director of athletics. Also, Sodexho, the TCU concessions contractor, is adding 30 more vendor locations inside the stadium so items like bottled water can be purchased easily, Bailey said.

    The stadium isn’t the only facet of game day getting a face-lift.

    After the positive feedback from the first student-produced tailgate, SGA president Trevor Heaney said the tailgate committee has been working on getting more space in the Brachman Hall parking lot to help accommodate more people at the tailgate.

    “We are going to increase the number of people checking IDs to expedite the process,” Heaney said. “We’re increasing the number of rest rooms, and we’re going to open the tailgate earlier this time for setup and tailgating.”

    The tailgate is also running a GoVision television screen for the entire game so people who didn’t get tickets can stay at the tailgate and watch the game from the parking lot, Heaney said.

    TCU fans won’t be the only ones tailgating Saturday, said Brad Beard, president of the Texas Tech Alumni Association for the Fort Worth area.

    Raider alumni have rented out the Alice Carlson Elementary School lawn on West Cantey Street for their pre-game party, which starts at 1:30 p.m., Beard said.

    “The Lubbock band, the Hogg Maulies, will be out there playing all day, and a Hummer company is going to be there with a customized Hummer in Tech colors,” he said.

    A lack of area hotel rooms, however, has altered some of the Tech fans’ plans, Beard said.

    Wednesday, according to Expedia.com, every hotel within a 10-mile radius of TCU’s campus was booked full for the weekend. This included hotels near downtown, the Stockyards, Ridgmar Mall and Hulen Street.

    Bailey said because of all the extra planning, he thinks TCU is ready for the weekend and the sold-out game.

    “Any time you sell as many tickets as we did, the amount of services you have to provide increases,” Bailey said. “I have to know that we’ve got good people working for us.