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Daniel-Meyer Coliseum TCU Athletics Facilities

Facility Facts
Year Opened 1961
First Game (M) Centenary (Dec. 18, 1961)
First Game (W) Navarro JC (Nov. 14, 1977)
Largest Crowd (M) 7,412 vs. Kansas (Feb. 6, 2013)
Largest Crowd (W) 7,394 vs. Baylor (Jan. 2, 2013)
Home Record (M) 449-268 (.626) as of March 13, 2013
Home Record (W) 294-190 (.607) as of March 8, 2013
Daniel-Meyer Coliseum Redevelopment Project
DMC Renovation Plans: Update: Nov. 11, 2013
Address
Daniel-Meyer Coliseum
2900 Stadium Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76129
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Ed & Rae Schollmaier Basketball Complex

Daniel-Meyer Coliseum Redevelopment Project
The TCU Board of Trustees have approved design of a $45 million renovation to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum with the project receiving a lead commitment of $10 million from Ed and Rae Schollmaier. The renovation project will begin once all the funds for the facility have been raised.

"Having the opportunity to renovate Daniel-Meyer Coliseum helps TCU achieve its ongoing goal of optimizing its physical campus," TCU chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr. said. "We are very grateful to Ed and Rae Schollmaier for their continued support of TCU."

The men's and women's basketball programs would receive new locker rooms and team meeting rooms as well as an increased sports medicine center. There would also be new locker rooms for visiting teams.

"We are most appreciative of the Schollmaiers, Chancellor Boschini and our Board of Trustees for providing the leadership and support on this project," TCU director of intercollegiate athletics Chris Del Conte said. "Having new facilities for our basketball programs would continue the tremendous momentum we have on campus.

"In addition to the renovation benefitting our student-athletes, we'd be excited for the Horned Frog Nation to experience a more fan-friendly venue. The new Daniel-Meyer Coliseum would be a tremendous source of pride for the TCU and Fort Worth communities.

"Depending on fundraising, my hope is to have construction begin this time next year. This project is another example of the Chancellor's vision for TCU being second to none. His impact on TCU is seen every time you walk on this campus."

The new building facade for Daniel-Meyer Coliseum would architecturally complement Amon G. Carter Stadium and the TCU campus. The interior would have a lower playing surface to increase courtside seating and provide a more intimate atmosphere. Wider concourses and multiple public entries would ease congestion. The fan experience would be further enhanced by new concession stands and restrooms as well as increased points of sale. A new courtside club lounge would be constructed on floor level.

"We would like to thank the Board of Trustees, Ed and Rae Schollmaier and other members of the TCU community who are helping to make this ambitious project a reality," TCU men's basketball coach Trent Johnson said. "In my short time on campus, I have been truly impressed by the support of those individuals intent on seeing us successfully compete at the Big 12 and national levels. A redeveloped Daniel-Meyer Coliseum will be a vital piece to those efforts. This project will result in a new, unique basketball environment that all those associated with TCU will be proud to call home for years to come."

"We appreciate the Board of Trustees and Ed and Rae Schollmaier for their vision and commitment to this important project," TCU women's basketball coach Jeff Mittie said. "There are so many exciting parts of this project from the locker rooms and student-athlete areas to the new courtside seating, making it one of the most exciting places to play in the Big 12. This will be a source of great pride for our student-athletes and the entire campus."

Additional features of the proposed new Daniel-Meyer Coliseum are a TCU Athletics Hall of Fame display on the concourse level, offices for Olympic sports and administration and a larger main ticket office to support both DMC and Amon G. Carter Stadium.

Daniel-Meyer Coliseum History
Buster Brannon began his coaching career with the Frogs in 1938, but it was not until two decades later that the former TCU head men's basketball coach was able to call an arena on campus "home."

For years, a new gymnasium for the basketball program had been in the talks, but it was only in March 1961 that the long awaited construction finally was underway. Daniel-Meyer Coliseum was completed and doors opened on December 14, 1961. The first game at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum came four days later when the Frogs posted a 63-61 victory over Centenary on December 18, 1961.

The total cost of the Frogs' home court was $1.45-million and featured 7,156 fixed arm-chair seats with approximately 1,200 folding chairs on the floor, which allowed the total seating capacity of 8,500 for certain events.

Considered state-of-the-art at the time, Daniel-Meyer Coliseum had the latest in lighting, sound and scoreboard equipment to go along with a special set of mercury-vapor lamps above the playing floor. The sound system was one of the largest hi-fi systems in the country at the time.

Designed by Architect Joe Pelich and constructed by the Cadenheard Company - both of Fort Worth - Daniel-Meyer Coliseum was designed after both the Wichita State University and University of Maryland. A completely circular facility, Daniel-Meyer Coliseum provided 27 rows for the passionate fans of the Frogs. The construction of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum provided a complete new vision for athletics facilities on the TCU campus as a new track and field complex, baseball stadium and tennis courts were moved and constructed to make room for the basketball arena.

Daniel-Meyer Coliseum was named after the late Milton Daniel, who was the former Chairman of the TCU Board of Trustees, and L.R. (Dutch) Meyer, former TCU head men's basketball and football coach along with the Athletics Director at the time of construction.

Over the decades, Daniel-Meyer Coliseum has been home to some of the greatest basketball games in the Southwest, including an epic four overtime victory over the University of Houston in 1982 (the longest basketball game in the former Southwest Conference history). Home to both the men's and women's basketball programs, Daniel-Meyer Coliseum has seen top-ranked teams come to the "DMC" and nationally-ranked programs leave the "DMC" in defeat.

Over the past decade, the "DMC" has undergone a number of renovations and expansions, beginning in the Fall 2002 when a new men's locker room and player's lounge area was completed. In 2003, a new women's locker room and player's lounge area was completed along with a new sports medicine facility. That same year, a new state-of-the-art playing surface replaced the original floor.

A new lighting system arrived in 2004, followed by a $1.5-million four-panel LED scoreboard and LED baseline boards (2007) and new sound system (2010). The floor received a refreshed look in Summer 2012 with the additions of TCU's redesigned branding, new color scheme and Big 12 Conference logo.

The "DMC" is widely-regarded as one of the most intimidating and intimate arenas in the Southwest, and for over a half century, has provided the Frogs with a distinct advantage over it opponents from the crowd sitting on top of the action to the feel that every game presents a big-time atmosphere. The feel of the "DMC" is unlike any other in the college basketball ranks and fans have seen the arena grow along with their Frogs.