Perhaps you heard that the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs won the 2011 Rose Bowl on New Year's Day by beating the Big Ten co-champion Wisconsin Badgers 21-19. In honor of this achievement that had all of Fort worth in a state of euphoria as the city's skyline was lit up in purple, TCU is throwing a celebration Sunday January 16 at Daniel Meyer Coliseum. The doors and concession stands will open at 2:30 p.m. and the admission is free of charge.
The Horned Frog bandwagon has grown exponentially as of late. Since DMC has a capacity of 7,000, it would be a good idea to arrive early -- although contingency plans are in the works to handle an expected overflow of fans.
TCU finished 13-0 and went undefeated for the first time since their 1938 national championship season.TCU head football coach Gary Patterson, TCU chancellor Victor Boschini, TCU director of intercollegiate athletics Chris Del Conte and Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief are among the speakers for the event. The 2010 TCU football team, band and spirit groups will also be on hand.
While many of us were hoping for something on a larger scale -- like a ticker tape parade in downtown Fort Worth -- the reality that includes the possibility of actual winter-like temperatures in the long-term forecast, meant that holding the event inside DMC was the right call. If you missed the football team's return at Frog Alley, this is your chance to show them your appreciation for winning the Rose Bowl and instilling "Purple Pride" throughout Fort Worth.
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