Texas Christian University today announced that its Board of Trustees has negotiated an agreement on behalf of the university to partner with the city’s new Dickies Arena, a state-of-the-art performance venue scheduled to open in November. This agreement makes TCU the exclusive education sponsor and a founding partner of this multipurpose facility.
TCU will utilize the partnership to amplify the people, programs and activities of the university. Initiatives may include community workshops, a speaker series, use of the arena and conference space, marketing efforts and educational collaborations. Long time TCU board member Matt Rose led the partnership agreement on behalf of the board.
Rose said, “TCU has a longstanding tradition of collaboration with its home city of Fort Worth. The university has worked diligently to position itself as an engaged campus by integrating service and learning through community-based partnerships as well as important academic initiatives such as the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine. Sponsorship of the arena takes this another step forward.”
Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. said, “This partnership reflects TCU’s ongoing efforts and desire to be the university of Fort Worth, not just a university in Fort Worth. It will provide an opportunity to amplify university programs and activities and will extend TCU’s visibility beyond our campus borders while solidifying our commitment to the community in which we are proud to live, work, learn and play. I am pleased for TCU, as an important part of the community, to participate in all the benefits this new arena provides.”
These efforts to align priorities and cultivate strong and beneficial relationships with the city have enhanced TCU’s ability to attract and retain top talent; elevate the level of both learning and lifestyle for its students, employees and alumni, many of whom remain in north Texas after graduation; and help drive economic development.
Over the past decade, the university has invested more than $1 billion renovating classrooms, labs and residence halls to develop the infrastructure necessary to achieve its goals. At the same time, Fort Worth, with a focus on building a strong and active community, has grown to be the 13th largest city in the nation and No. 1 tourist destination in Texas.