Notes On A Scorecard

Chris Del Conte

March 14, 2012


It's been great to have our Amon G. Carter Stadium seat selection underway. We appreciate the positive comments from many of you who have found the on-line process to be fairly quick and easy to navigate. Our Frog Club and Ticket Office staffs are set up in the Meyer-Martin Athletic Complex suites and enjoy visiting with everyone who has come by in person. In the opening two days, we have sold almost 2,000 season tickets with almost 300 season-ticket holders having selections.



As we go through the reseating of Amon G. Carter Stadium, we take tremendous pride in being very transparent. That's why we've engaged with Ballena, our on-line ticketing partner, to provide you an opportunity to see the ticket-by-ticket purchases as they occur. If anyone has questions, we will be more than happy to walk you through the process.


A lot of you have asked about our website being used for the seat selection. In preparation for Monday's start of the process, the site was temporarily shut down Sunday afternoon, so our Ticket Office could populate the diagram with inventory already unavailable through the purchase of club seats and other areas reserved for trustees, recruits, families of football student-athletes and coaches and designated areas for the visiting team. When the site went live again Monday, that's why it appeared different or as if selections had already taken place prior to the start time.


As Monday's reseating began through the Horned Frog Priority Points System, first preference is to season-ticket holders. They have the ability to buy four additional seats over their 2011 allotment. A popular question has been why we implemented this option. We've heard from many of our constituents that their families have grown through the years. There has been a misnomer that the ability to purchase four additional tickets might dramatically deplete the available inventory. Through the opening two days, only 10 percent of folks, amounting to 120 tickets, have taken advantage of this option. Many fans actually ordered less than the full allotment as they already had club and/or suite tickets.


Some season-ticket holders do have large blocks of seats that date back to our days in the Southwest Conference. In an effort to help us fill the stadium in the late 80s and early 90s, we had a campaign for people to buy additional tickets. These supporters have been incredibly loyal in continuing to purchase these tickets for the last 20-to-25 years.


Some have asked about a rumor that corporations were buying up blocks of tickets. Please let me reassure you that is not the case. Everything being sold is on a season-ticket renewal basis through our Horned Frog Priority Points System. Again, we are proud of how transparent this process will be over the next three months. This is an exciting start to a new era. We have suites and club seats for the first time and an incredible 45,000-seat stadium. Bottom line, there's a great seat for everybody in our new home.


This past weekend had to truly make you proud to be a Horned Frog! Between rifle and track and field, we totaled four national championships. Our rifle program won its second national title in three seasons. Rifle is a coed sport, and we're the only school to ever win the championship with an all-female squad. Congratulations to head coach Karen Monez and her student-athletes. Additionally, we captured the air rifle team title while U.S. Olympian Sarah Scherer was the individual champion in smallbore. In track and field, Whitney Gipson continued to represent us well as she won the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Her leap of 22-8 feet tied the NCAA record while also equaling the best mark in the world. Whitney is our first female to win an NCAA championship in track and field as well as giving TCU its first national title, men's or women's, in a field event.



Don't miss the opportunity to take part in the Amon G. Carter Stadium Legacy Brick Program. Legacy bricks are $125 each with $100 being a tax-deductible gift to the TCU Frog Club, which provides annual scholarship support to over 400 TCU student-athletes. We hope that you take advantage of this unique opportunity to support TCU Athletics and cement your legacy in Amon G. Carter Stadium. The deadline to make your gift and secure your brick is May 1. Please visit HERE to make your payment or drop by the Frog Club. To learn more about the program, including special grouping options, please call Michael Levy in our Frog Club office at (817) 257-7739.


Our national championship rifle team is seemingly showing up everywhere on the local media front. They were in-studio guests Tuesday night on Channel 21 and appeared live on Fox 4's Good Day morning show today.



We're very proud of our men's basketball program on reaching the postseason. They earned the right to continue their play well into March, and it was nice to see our first postseason victory since 2005 with last night's 83-73 win over Milwaukee. Not many might realize that we have an all-time winning record in the postseason with a 15-13 record. Our next game in the CBI will be Monday night. The opponent and site are to be determined.


If you've been to a TCU baseball game and, judging by our crowds that rank us No. 1 in the nation for private schools and in the top 10 overall, many of you have, you've noticed the abundance of kids who celebrate their birthdays with us at Lupton Stadium. One of the popular features of the birthday celebration is the run through the outfield between innings. If you have a youngster or know of someone who might like to enjoy their birthday celebration at a TCU baseball game, please visit the following LINK.



Our strong representation in NCAA Championship competition continues Thursday as Sabine Rasch from our women's swimming and diving program will compete in the 100- and 50-freestyle events in Auburn, Ala. She's our first female since 1996 to qualify for the NCAAs. We hope to see you this weekend at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex as we host the TCU Invitational, our lone home meet of the spring. Field events begin Thursday with the college division on Friday and high schools in action Saturday. Men's tennis will host Tulsa on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center, while our women's program will travel to Tuscaloosa for a Sunday match at Alabama. Baseball will open its final season in the Mountain West with a three-game series at UNLV. If you're in the Austin area, you can support our men's golf program at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate this weekend at Austin Country Club.


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Please let us know if you ever have any questions or concerns regarding our program. This is also your program and we value your feedback. We welcome all calls and emails.

Go Frogs!

Christopher M. Del Conte
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

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