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TCU Band Helps Assure Stadium Facilities Function
August 24, 2012
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

TCU doesn't start its football season until it hosts Grambling State on Sept. 8. The school is anxious to open and show off Amon G. Carter Stadium, which has undergone a $164 million face lift in the offseason. The construction and transition has been accomplished with amazing speed.

There are hundreds of items on the check list to make sure the facility is ready for what should be a sellout crowd. Making sure the plumbing is functional is crucial. To make sure that water flows as planned, the construction crew asked members of the TCU marching band to help.

After assembling at Frog Fountain on campus, band members marched to the stadium chanting "flush the toilets." Once at the stadium, the band performed with the precision of a halftime show.

According to, band members assigned to the men's restrooms flushed each toilet or urinal in sync every four seconds for 10 consecutive minutes. Those in the women's restrooms flushed every six seconds, and those in the family restrooms flushed every two minutes. One sink per side in each restroom would be kept running throughout the 10 minutes to ensure constant function.

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