Build it and they will come! Even when previous SEC teams were not having good years in football, they still sell the majority of their tickets out pretty much every game. When LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, etc. start playing in College Station, those are games worth going to see even if your team is having an off year. If A&M is winning, that's all the better because for sure the place will be packed. If Kyle Field is taking up a lot of room around the center of campus and it will cost more to upgrade than it's worth then Texas A&M might as well use that land west of the campus and build a nice new stadium if they have the funding. A new stadium with about 90,000 plus seats with plenty of luxury suites to get that extra premium from the rich corporations/alum seems to work out real well with raising revenue from home games with all the rest of the SEC teams. If Texas A&M seriously wants to get out of the shadow of the University of Texas, I hope they build an awesome stadium and get after all those great recruits that normally go to UT, Oklahoma or other SEC teams. I think UT's weakness is their arrogance and I hope the powers that be in Austin regret the day they did not join the SEC when offered. Let's face it, Texas is a southern state. If I was an A&M fan, I would rather see my team play teams like I listed above in LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee than to have to watch Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor, Texas Tech or Oklahoma State come to Kyle Field. I would rather watch big boy football where grown men play and that's the SEC! Geaux Tigers!!!!!!!
Kyle Field is considered one of the best places to watch a college football game in America. But it might be on the way out.
Aggie president R. Bowen Loftin has announced that the school’s move to the SEC “has created a tremendous amount of excitement around Texas A&M, and we are seeing an unprecedented demand for football season tickets.” That has led A&M to begin a study of ways to expand, improve or perhaps even replace Kyle Field.
According to a university press release:
“The design study phase will explore various design options for Kyle Field, including plans for both a renovated stadium and a new stadium. The result of the study will provide Texas A&M and 12th Man Foundation officials with multiple design options for the future of the 83,002-seat stadium and will address stating of construction, preliminary cost estimating and construction timelines.”
Whoa, pardner. A&M might be wise to slow down the expansion train for just a second.
First — like a restaurant just opening its doors — A&M should expect early response to its SEC move to be good. The trick is getting people to come back again and again. If Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies have success, that should happen. If A&M fans see they can succeed in the SEC, that should happen. But there are no guarantees that either of those things will indeed happen. If the Aggies struggle upon entering the SEC, there could be a lot more empty seats at Kyle Field (or “New” Kyle Field).
Second — at a time when most people are talking about declining attendance at sporting events across the country, it’s probably not the best moment to be looking to expand a facility that already seats 82,000. We’re not talking about Missouri’s Faurot Field here. Kyle Field is big. In the future, HDTV could cut into the number of fans rushing through the building’s gates… just as it has at other schools.
Texas A&M’s enthusiasm is big, both from a ticket-demand perspective and from a let’s-improve-the-stadium perspective. But before Aggie brass get too far down the stadium expansion road, they should probably consider what would happen if their team falters and home entertainment systems continue to improve.