FORT WORTH Angela Wright and her family have their purple prepared, ready to celebrate this weekend on the Texas Christian University campus.

Everybody has so much pride, so it was really easy to get into it, Wright said.

Wright flew in from California to watch her daughter play Friday night at TCU's Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium in a game against SMU, but the family is also gearing up for a big day for the university on the football field Saturday.

TCU will play its first game as a member of the Big 12, and it will happen at the renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium. The rebuild cost $164 million.

We are going to make memories, she said. I will be taking a lot of pictures for my scrapbook.

Brad Foreman, also from California, can't wait to step inside the stadium.

I'm excited because it's the opening of the Big 12, and I get to spend some time in Fort Worth, which is absolutely fantastic, Foreman said. I've seen a lot of stadiums in the United States, because we travel all over the U.S. -- that's a first-class stadium.

It will be a sellout crowd. 45,000 people are expected to attend the game against Grambling State Saturday afternoon.

Traffic and parking might be a challenge, but TCU officials say they are prepared and don't expect major problems.

For Foreman, it's all worth it. He's ready to celebrate with the crowd inside TCU football's new home.

I think you can only get that feeling in a state like Texas, he said. They are crazy about their sports, and they are crazy about their team. The stadium will be full and it will be fun.


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