During the 2015 off-season, the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena at Texas Christian University (TCU) underwent a major renovation- the first in almost 50 years. Previously known as the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, the all donor-funded facility wrapped up the $72 million project in November of 2015. With a goal of enhancing the fan experience, TCU set out to find the perfect team of experienced professionals to create an entirely new look and feel to the arena and building- which ultimately included 125,000 additional square feet, a new floor, updated concessions and restrooms, a hall of fame, new locker rooms and more.
Along with the new basketball arena’s floor, all new seating risers and club seating were installed to enhance the game atmosphere for fans. Working alongside the general contractor, Austin Commercial and the Architect, HKS, Staging Concepts played a large role in the project’s success. Staging Concepts provided the lower bowl platforms on both ends of the court that will serve as the “Courtside Club” for donors and courtside seat holders. These high-end seating areas feature SC90 platforms and SC9600 bridging supports. Part of the large scope of renovation included Staging Concepts’ ability to design and engineer a system that would fit seamlessly in the radius lower bowl. These areas needed to have a “permanent” feel but with the option of being dismantled and moved into storage for specific events. Unlike traditional modular platforms, these sections utilized fixed seating which would be bolted through the platforms. In collaboration with Irwin Seating, Staging Concepts came up with a solution to disengage the fixed chairs without having to get underneath the system. This makes for easy set-up and take down of the system as the TCU staff utilizes the venue for a wide variety of events.
The court, lowered approximately 4 feet for closer seating, features a Nike-designed floor complete with frog scales and a large new Panasonic video board above center court. The frog scales commemorate the TCU mascot, the Horned Frogs. Staging Concepts modular system delivers great sight lines and improved ability for patrons to enjoy all of the newly upgraded amenities. The custom guardrail supplied by Staging Concepts seamlessly matches the permanent guardrail in the arena and features acrylic infills to improve the transparency of the arena and the view for its patrons.
Staging Concepts played a major role in the project, supplying more than 200 platforms and 50 custom handrails, as well as almost 70 stair units for situations when the platforms are not in play. We were proud to be part of making the TCU arena an incredibly flexible and world class space for years to come.