Watch Amon G. Carter Stadium implode Sunday

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    Days after learning the university’s athletic teams will begin a new era by moving to a new conference, students can watch the beginning of a new era for Amon G. Carter Stadium.

    Director of Communications Lisa Albert wrote in an e-mail to all students Wednesday that students outside of an established restricted area will be allowed to watch the west grandstand of Amon G. Carter Stadium implode at about 8 a.m. Sunday. The restricted area will surround the stadium along Cantey Street, Stadium Drive and Bellaire Drive North, Albert wrote. The university will close the streets at 5 a.m. before the implosion. She wrote that streets will be closed to help control traffic and people and will be enforced by both TCU Campus Police and the Fort Worth Police Department.

    The Brown-Lupton University Union will open at 7 a.m., where people can purchase coffee at Union Grounds, Albert wrote. A special brunch will be offered at Market Square after the implosion.

    Students with respiratory issues can pick up masks at the Health Center during normal hours as well as at the University Recreation Center at 7:30 a.m. before the implosion, she wrote.

    Dr. Jane Torgerson, who works at the Health Center, said employees of the Health Center talked with Albert about a week ago to discuss giving out the masks. A few masks have been taken so far, she said.

    Associate Director of Major Projects & Facilities Planning Harold Leeman said the university will shut off the heating and air conditioning systems on main campus to prevent dust from getting into the ventilation system.

    The dust should dissipate within 15 to 20 minutes after the implosion, he said.

    “There’s no sense in bringing air into the building for no reason, so we just turn the air off, and that’s recommended for the houses [in the area],”

    Leeman said. Coordinator for Parking and Transportation Services DeAnn Jones said the freshman, overflow and visitor lots around the stadium have to be cleared out by Saturday.

    Albert wrote that students can park at the parking lot at the corner of Sandage Avenue and McCart Avenue. Shuttles will be available to bring students to and from that lot after the implosion from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students who don’t move their cars will have them towed and can retrieve them by calling Campus Police after the implosion, Albert wrote.

    Students parked in Lot 7 in front of the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility can leave their cars there but will not be able to enter or exit the lot until after the implosion. The implosion is part of a $105 million renovation of the stadium. Renovations will include a new press box, suites and club seats on the west side and expanded seating in the north endzone.

    There was some asbestos, a toxic mineral used in older buildings, found at the stadium, but it was removed before construction began, according to the stadium’s website.

    The construction is supposed to be finished in time for the 2012 season, when TCU enters the Big East Conference. Albert wrote if there were any delays in the implosion it would be posted on stadium.tcu.edu by 5 a.m. Students can also call the recorded information line 817-257-INFO.

    Coordinator for Parking and Transportation Services DeAnn Jones said the freshman, overflow and visitor lots around the stadium have to be cleared out by Saturday.

    Albert wrote that students can park at the parking lot at the corner of Sandage Avenue and McCart Avenue. Shuttles will be available to bring students to and from that lot after the implosion from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    Students who don’t move their cars will have them towed and can retrieve them by calling Campus Police after the implosion, Albert wrote.

    Students parked in Lot 7 in front of the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility can leave their cars there but will not be able to enter or exit the lot until after the implosion.

    The implosion is part of a $105 million renovation of the stadium. Renovations will include a new press box, suites and club seats on the west side and expanded seating in the north endzone.

    There was some asbestos, a toxic mineral used in older buildings, found at the stadium, but it was removed before construction began, according to the stadium’s website.

    The construction is supposed to be finished in time for the 2012 season, when TCU enters the Big East Conference.

    Albert wrote if there were any delays in the implosion it would be posted on stadium.tcu.edu by 5 a.m. Students can also call the recorded information line 817-257-INFO.

    Implosion of west grandstand of Amon G. Carter Stadium

    When: 8 a.m. Sunday

    Streets surrounding the stadium will be closed beginning at 5 a.m.