FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU men’s basketball will play USC in Fort Worth’s new Dickies Arena on Dec. 6, 2019, as part of a two-year agreement between the two schools.
Dickies Arena, a 14,000-seat multipurpose venue scheduled to open November 2019, is located adjacent to the Will Rogers Memorial Center campus, a three-mile drive from TCU.
“We are thrilled to be a part of the inaugural college basketball game in Dickies Arena,” said TCU director of intercollegiate athletics Jeremiah Donati. “Ed Bass’ vision for the facility has been remarkable from the outset and the result will be a world class venue that will bring top tier events to Fort Worth for generations to come. It is truly exciting to be a part of the first major sporting event at Dickies Arena.”
As previously announced, the Horned Frogs will play the Trojans in the upcoming 2018-19 season when they meet in the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic on Dec. 7 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
“Dickies Arena was designed as a multipurpose venue that could accommodate a variety of different events,” said Matt Homan, president and general manager of Trail Drive Management Corp. (TDMC), the not-for-profit operating entity of Dickies Arena. “We’re looking forward to hosting TCU and providing a first-class experience for their student athletes, coaching staff and fans in 2019 and in the years to come.”
TCU went 21-12 overall last season and a program-best 9-9 in the Big 12 Conference. The Frogs made postseason play for the second-straight season and earned an NCAA Tournament bid for the first time in 20 seasons.
“We are thrilled to be a part of the first collegiate basketball game at Dickies Arena,” said TCU head coach Jamie Dixon. “It will be a great way to showcase Fort Worth as well as our basketball program.
USC finished 24-12 overall and 12-6 in the PAC-12 last season. The Trojans were a No. 1 seed in the NIT where they lost to Western Kentucky in the second round. In the previous two seasons, USC earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament, including an appearance in the round of 32 in 2017.
TCU is 1-1 all-time against USC. The Trojans won the last meeting, 83-59, on Dec. 19, 2011 in Los Angeles. The Frogs won the first meeting, 81-69, in Fort Worth on Nov. 29, 2010.
Ticket pricing and on sale information will be available at a later date. The game will not be included in the TCU season ticket package.