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A&M announces plans to join six-figure capacity club

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With its move to the SEC qualifying as an overwhelming success thus far, Texas A&M is set to move into the rarefied air of stadium capacity as well.

Following up on reports that surfaced earlier in the week, A&M officially announced Wednesday that seating for Kyle Field will be increased to more than 102,000.  That would be an increase in the neighborhood of 20,000 above the current capacity of 82,000.

“We are very excited about the upcoming redevelopment at Kyle Field,” head coach Kevin Sumlin said in a statement. “When I returned to Aggieland, I said that the atmosphere at Kyle Field is second to none. This redevelopment makes a statement about the commitment of all Aggie fans to our football program. With the 12th Man standing ready, the Spirit of Aggieland is real, and the fans really make a difference to our current players as well as our future recruits.”

Construction is slated to begin this November, shortly after the final regular season home game, and is expected to be completed in August of 2015.  The cost of the project, described by the school as “one of the largest college football stadium redevelopments in history,” is estimated at $450 million and will also include “changes to both the stadium and the outside areas surrounding the stadium, including tributes to the Aggies’ all-important traditions and past, while adding creature comforts and with the idea of enhancing the atmosphere and noise.”

The release noted that “[f]unding will come from donations and seat licenses through the 12th Man Foundation, student fees/ ticket revenue and a preferred facilities access agreement between the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau (BCSCVB) and Texas A&M. The agreement will utilize hotel tax revenue for the next 30 years with payments of $1 million from years 1 through 3, $1.2 million in years 4 through 6, and $1.225 million in years 7 through 30. In return, the BCSCVB will be able to use certain Texas A&M facilities at preferred rates for promoting tourism in Brazos County.”

Below is a rendering, courtesy of A&M athletics, of what refurbished Kyle Field will look like:

Kyle Field Renovated

A&M would become just the seventh FBS football program and the third in the SEC with an official seating capacity in excess of 100,000, joining Michigan (109.901), Penn State (106,572), Tennessee (102,455), Ohio State (102,329), Alabama (101,821) and Texas (100,119).

So, yes, that means A&M will possess the biggest college football stadium in the state of Texas by a little over 2,000, and we’re quite certain that had nothing at all to do with the final number reached by the university’s administration.

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  1. alligatorsnapper says: May 1, 2013 8:27 PM

    Congrats to my Aggie co-workers and fans!

    Leave it the Aggie alums and administration to make sure they add on to Kyle Field such as makes them the largest football stadium in Texas! ha. When they do complete the expansion of Kyle Field, by that time the University of Texas will be planning an expansion of Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, and on we go!

    This move by TAMU will give the SEC more of the largest stadiums in college football.

    LSU should have their expansion of Tiger Stadium complete by 2015 and it should come in just under 100K, with 150,000 tailgating in the parking lot, the best tailgating in college sports!

  2. thefiesty1 says: May 1, 2013 8:38 PM

    Congrats to the Ags. But it won’t stand long. DeLost will bust his hump to say the biggest in Texas.

  3. deucez2 says: May 1, 2013 10:01 PM

    If they enclose the stadium, how are the dead collies buried in the graveyard going to see the scoreboard?

  4. pushingiron says: May 1, 2013 10:59 PM

    They have a scoreboard outside in plain view of where past Rev’s are buried.

  5. amosalanzostagg says: May 1, 2013 11:00 PM

    Congrats Aggies!

    In visiting with a client today, a grad from Baylor, he made an observation that he has never seen the talk about A&M the way it has been and such little talk about Texas. He goes back as long as I have in the SEC with the old SWC and the Big 12 currently.

    He made an astute point that everything used to Texas centric and then everybody else. Now, with A&M in another conference OUTSIDE of Texas, Texas can’t control the conversation and can’t control the outcome.

    Made me start thinking, well, going 11-2 in your first time out of the gate and beating TWO teams Texas couldn’t (Alabama and OU) AND having a Heisman winner, what does Texas have to hang it’s hat on? Mack? The Big 12? Recruiting?

    A&M only did what Texas would do. They looked after their own interests and it looks like they made the best decision for their school. I fear by adding A&M, Alabama could face a rival worthy of long standing rivalries in the SEC the likes
    of LSU/Bama, Florida/Georgia, Tennessee/Bama….in short, we hate’em already!
    LOL

    As to Deloss expanding Texas, if the games are against the likes of Iowa State and Baylor, who cares outside the state of Texas? No offense to those schools, I’ve worked with both schools, but A&M against LSU on Thanksgiving weekend is a great draw than Texas and whatever school it invites to Austin for Thanksgiving.

    Roll Tide

  6. houndofthebaskervols says: May 2, 2013 4:48 AM

    Wow, thats awesome. Meanwhile Texas is sucking hind tit which I love. I hope Mack dies on the job.

    LSU is going over 100k in 2014, Georgia could probably add another deck, Florida and SC are maxed out, but if Gus gets things going again in Auburn Jordan-Hare could easily add 15,000+ seats. Life is good in the SEC.

  7. 35longmiles says: May 2, 2013 6:22 AM

    The big question is when will Miami expand their sta….oh, never mind.

  8. tgaustin says: May 2, 2013 9:39 AM

    @hound

    Congrats!! You are officially the first person to ever wish “death” to someone on this website! Keep it classy delta bravo!

  9. amosalanzostagg says: May 2, 2013 9:46 AM

    tgaustin,

    Sorry, you are wrong. Harvey Updyke received death wishes on this board as did Jerry Sandusky.

  10. deadeye says: May 2, 2013 10:00 AM

    @hound
    Congrats!! You are officially the first person to ever wish “death” to someone on this website! Keep it classy delta bravo!

    ==========================

    @tgaustin

    No, I think you missed the point, hound wasn’t wishing death on Mack Brown. We was wishing that his tenure as HC goes on so long that he dies on the job, like say 15 years from now. I’m certain that hound wishes Mack a long, long life in addition to dying on the job.

  11. seattlecvd says: May 2, 2013 10:27 AM

    Aggies had a great year last year, and it pains me to say that. But, to say that they have supplanted Texas in the conversation of relevancy is silly. Texas has a national championship in the past ten years and has played in another losing to Alabama. Add to that a couple of other BCS bowl wins (Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl), and I would take Texas’ past 10 year resume over A&M’s any day. As far as the expansion to the stadium goes, ask yourself this – how many games have been sold out at Kyle Field at the current size? I think I read somewhere that they have sold out 34 games in the past 26 years. So, yeah, let’s add 20,000 more seats. Aggie logic is alive and well, even in the SEC.

  12. 8to80texansblog says: May 2, 2013 2:41 PM

    @seattlecvd

    First off, just because attendance doesn’t meet or eclipse capacity doesn’t mean it wasn’t a sell out. All the tickets may have been sold but people may not have attended.

    Kyle Field’s capacity has fluctuated over the past decade but hovered around 82000

    The average game attendance has eclipsed 82000 every year but 1 in the last 6 years…. via aggieathletics.com

    And the average every year over the last 10 has been within 93% of the stadium capacity with the majority of those years over 96%.

    A&M will have NO problem filling up Kyle Field.

  13. imaduffer says: May 2, 2013 2:48 PM

    Boise, Idaho is thinking of expanding the city limits so as to reach 100,00 residents.

  14. jimbo75025 says: May 2, 2013 6:20 PM

    @ 8to80texansblog

    Usually teams report the paid attendance.

    I wish luck to Texas A&M with the expansion, but does anybody else think maybe they should have taken an intermediate step to around 90K first to make sure their recent success will held up? Speaking as a Tennessee fan, having a huge stadium (and the expansion costs from that in the 90′s-00′s when we were top 5 every year) when your team isn’t doing so well can be a heavy heavy anchor for a football program.

  15. goodfieldnohit says: May 2, 2013 8:42 PM

    I attended two games at University of Texas last season, where announced crowd was 100,000+.
    Reality says there were 15,000 fans dressed up as season ticket holders.

    And wait til you see the lazy river at Kyle Field, it’s gonna be awesome.

    http://i39.tinypic.com/2dujbe8.jpg

  16. goodfieldnohit says: May 2, 2013 11:58 PM

    Just like people (Texas fans) said A&M would never get an invite to the SEC.

    Just like people (Texas fans) said A&M couldn’t succeed in the SEC.

    And now, people (Texas fans) will say that A&M has no business building the largest football stadium in the state of Texas.

  17. 8to80texansblog says: May 3, 2013 11:12 AM

    @jimbo

    I agree wholeheartedly…. I know far too many A&M fans (including myself) are ready to annoint the Aggies the kings of Texas and the SEC.

    Reality though, it was one year, we caught A LOT of teams off guard, & most Aggies before the year started hoped we’d make any bowl game let alone the Cotton Bowl. If Sumlin gets a call from the NFL things around College Station will get a little dicey.

    All that said though, the SEC is the premier conference in CFB, has been for some time. The Aggies are the only school in the SEC in Texas. Texas recruits, which is one of the most fertile talent pools in the country, now have access to the SEC without leaving the state. And even when the Aggies have been bad, and we’ve had some BAD years, we’ve still done decent at the box office.

    I do think we’re maybe jumping the gun a little here, but to be honest… you wanna be the best, you have to look the part, and the Aggies are certainly starting to look the part.

  18. amosalanzostagg says: May 3, 2013 3:11 PM

    A&M will do fine in the SEC.

    They have the commitment, I think it is called the 12th Man foundation?

    They have the fans.

    They have the talent base.

    They have the venue in the SEC.

    A&M/Bama is giving me heartburn.

    Roll Tide

  19. jimbo75025 says: May 3, 2013 10:51 PM

    @ 8to80texansblog

    Yeah, A&M will be fine, life in the SEC is good from a football sense. Just wait until you have some time to build some genuine year in year out rivalrys. Been to many games, and nothing compares to rivalry week on an SEC campus when both are top 5 or 10.

    My comment on the stadium was just that 10-2 years come and go just like 6-5 (or worse) stinker seasons. The problem with a huge stadium is just that the payments still have to be made whether you sellout or can only sell 70K. A few bad years can cause some serious financial issues I would not wish on anyone.

  20. 8to80texansblog says: May 6, 2013 11:25 AM

    @jimbo

    I agree, and honestly for most schools in the SEC, those down years may cause some pretty severe financial trouble. But A&M’s endowment is more than double the next largest in the SEC (Vandy). Schools like Bama, or LSU might have heavy financial issues as they don’t have massive amounts of capital at their fingertips like A&M does.

    And before all you Tide and Tiger fans jump down my throat, I’m talking about endowments, not ticket sales. A&M has the 9th largest endowment in the country at over $7.5B. Neither Bama nor LSU have endowments over $1B.

    So I see your point about the fleeting success, and believe me, I agree. But A&M could pay for this renovation cash and not even knock of 10% of its endowment….

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