Texas A&M University received approval from the A&M System Board of Regents on May 1st to proceed with one of the largest college football stadium redevelopments in history for the historic — as in “since 1927” historic — Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. The total cost of the project totals to approximately $450 million, increasing the capacity from 82,589 to 102,500, and making it the largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the state of Texas –insert “everything’s bigger in Texas” joke here. The reWHOOPification (or as professionals call “renovation” and “expansion”; whatever, man) of Kyle Field will begin immediately following the end of the upcoming 2013 college football season and is expected to be finished in time to open the 2015 season. The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Football Team will show how much they don’t fear construction, concrete and cranes by continuing to play their home games during the reWHOOPification of the iconic stadium.
A whole new façade will encase the entirety of the stadium, which includes new exterior plaza/mall areas in order to enhance the tailgating experience, increase stadium access, and showcase Texas A&M’s core values and significant historical moments in Fightin’ Texas Aggie football. WHOOP! In the stadium’s interior will have increased chair-back seating, additional suites, luxury boxes, premium seating with club areas, and will resolve any if not all sight-line issues. Other new amenities to be added to the reWHOOPification of Kyle Field will include the most current and modern of game day technology, wider concourses, additional restrooms — THANK YOU — and upgraded concession areas.
And now…A HISTORY LESSON!! Kyle Field is named after Edwin Jackson Kyle (as in the family in which Kyle, TX is named after), who once served as Texas A&M’s dean of agriculture and athletic council president. Kyle Field has been the home of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie football team since 1927, and was initially expanded in 1967 with the addition of two grandstand decks, and again in 1980 with the addition of the third decks added to the east and west sides. The most recent renovation to Kyle Field was the 1999 Bernard C. Richardson Zone expansion that cost $32.9 million along the north end zone. So hear’s to the 12th Man, the Fightin’ Texas Aggies, and to the mightiest conference in college football (I won’t say their full name, but the acronym is S-E-C.)! GIG ‘EM AGGIES!
[Thanks Aggie Athletics! WHOOP!]