The TCU Board of Trustees have approved the naming of the Horned Frogs’ new basketball facility as the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena.
Previously known as the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, the facility is in the final stages of a $72 million renovation that will be completed for the 2015-16 season. The Schollmaiers provided the lead gift. The Daniel-Meyer name will remain prominent as the entire area will be known as the Daniel-Meyer Athletic Complex.
Ed Schollmaier is the retired CEO of Alcon Laboratories, Inc., while Rae Schollmaier is a dedicated civic volunteer. Through the Schollmaier Foundation, they are both longtime philanthropic leaders in Fort Worth.
“Ed and Rae Schollmaier have a true passion for TCU and our basketball programs,” TCU director of intercollegiate athletics Chris Del Conte said. “Their lead gift made it possible for others to believe in this project and turn it from a dream into reality.”
A TCU Trustee since 1996, Ed Schollmaier chaired the Building and Grounds Committee and served on the Executive, Fiscal Affairs and Intercollegiate Athletics committees, as well as the Committee on Trusteeship.
Ed Schollmaier was a member of the Neeley School International Board of Visitors and the recipient of Neeley’s Ike Harrison Award. He has been recognized as an Honorary Alumnus and an Honorary TCU Letterman. Rae Schollmaier served on the College of Fine Arts International Board of Visitors, the Fine Arts Task Force of The Commission on the Future of TCU and the KinderFrogs School Advisory Board. For their service and generous support, the Schollmaiers were honored with TCU’s Horizon Award and the Royal Purple Award.
“Rae and I are very proud to be affiliated with TCU,” Ed Schollmaier said. “Through the leadership of Chancellor (Victor) Boschini, this is a time of unprecedented momentum on campus. TCU is such an integral part of the Fort Worth community. We’re excited to give back to a program and University that has meant so much to us and many others.”
“We appreciate Ed and Rae Schollmaier for their vision and commitment,” TCU men’s basketball coach Trent Johnson said. “This project will result in a first class, state-of-the-art basketball arena that all those associated with TCU will be proud to call home for years to come.”
The Schollmaiers have also supported TCU Athletics through the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Basketball Complex, which opened in 2004.
“We are so grateful for the Schollmaier family for their commitment to TCU,” Horned Frogs women’s basketball coach Raegan Pebley said. “This arena has been and will continue to be a catalyst for our programs. The vision, steadfastness, servant leadership and work ethic required to complete the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena will be replicated in our efforts as a team.”
The TCU men’s and women’s basketball programs are receiving new locker rooms and team meeting rooms as well as an expanded sports medicine center. There will also be locker rooms for visiting teams and a new video board.
The new building facade for the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena architecturally complements Amon G. Carter Stadium and the TCU campus. The interior will have a lower playing surface to increase courtside seating and provide a more intimate atmosphere. Wider concourses and multiple public entries will ease congestion. The fan experience will be further enhanced by new concession stands, a food court and restrooms as well as increased points of sale. A new courtside club lounge will be located on floor level. The facility will also include offices for the athletics administrative staff as well as coaches in various sports, allowing the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena to be the hub of TCU Athletics.
Additional features of the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena are a TCU Athletics Hall of Fame on the concourse level, offices for Olympic sports and administration and a larger main ticket office to support both the arena and Amon G. Carter Stadium.