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GoFrogs: TCU Volleyball Moves to Schollmaier Arena

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    GoFrogs: TCU Volleyball Moves to Schollmaier Arena

    FORT WORTH – The TCU volleyball program begins a new era as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jeremiah Donati has announced the team will play its matches in the Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena beginning in Fall 2020.

    The program will hold its competitions in Schollmaier Arena after spending the past 24 seasons in the University Rec Center.

    "We are very excited for our volleyball program to call the Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena it's new home," Donati said. "The possibility of playing volleyball in Schollmaier Arena has been a discussion topic for several years. Given the status of the pandemic and everyday realities, the timing makes sense. The move gives us the opportunity to provide more effective safety measures, including social distancing, and better means to protect our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans. Schollmaier Arena is a first-class facility and has been an unbelievable home court for our men's and women's basketball programs. From the student-athlete and fan experience to recruiting, we believe the facility will have the same impact on our volleyball program. The Rickel was a great home for us since the inception of the program and will now be an outstanding practice venue. Moving into Schollmaier Arena is a great way for us to celebrate the 25th anniversary season of volleyball at TCU."

    The move to Schollmaier Arena will increase the capacity at matches from 1,500 in the University Rec Center to 6,800. It's a much-needed increase after the program successfully sold out its final 24 regular season matches at the Rickel, including all 16 regular season home matches in the 2019 campaign. TCU ranked 23rd in the nation in total attendance last season, averaging a 118.03 percent capacity, the highest capacity percentage in the country.

    "The move to Ed & Rae Schollmaier Arena is a game-changer for TCU volleyball in many ways," TCU Head Volleyball Coach Jill Kramer said. "The volleyball buzz around the DFW Metroplex is one of the most prevalent in the country. This move will allow us to maximize the strong support our program has garnered throughout its 24-year history and kick off our silver anniversary with something we will always remember. Of course, there are things about matches in the Rickel that we will miss, but if you have witnessed the exhilarating environment at one of our basketball games, you understand why our team is so excited to showcase our volleyball matches on the Walsh Family Court. I have always been impressed with how many fans would stand for a couple of hours and watch our matches in the past. Their devotion to us has been unmatched and appreciated greatly. Now, fans can count on having a comfortable seat with family and friends each time they come and watch us compete. We are looking forward to bringing the same energy and excitement from the Rickel over to Schollmaier Arena for the TCU faithful."

    The move will provide a new atmosphere and area of growth for TCU as it begins its 25th season. The volleyball program has enjoyed a significant rise in notoriety since its inaugural campaign in 1996 to become a consistent contender in the Big 12 Conference. The program has reached the postseason in six of the last 11 seasons, including three NCAA tournament berths (2009, 2015 and 2016).

    Stay tuned to GoFrogs.com for future announcements on tickets and scheduling for the 2020 season in Schollmaier Arena. Click here to sign up for more information.

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