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.