Not to make this all political but Texas A&M is a bastion of conservatism and they are asking for $38 million from the local government. This wreaks of hypocrisy!
As soon as Texas A&M entered the SEC, discussions began in College Station regarding the state of the Aggies’ football home. Word leaked that A&M might even consider flattening Kyle Field in order to build a bigger, newer facility from scratch.
Well, the current Kyle Field isn’t going to be torn down yet. But if Aggie officials have their way, it will be upgraded. In a big way.
According to The Bryan (Texas) Eagle, TAMU chancellor John Sharp told a select group of local government officials earlier this week that the school plans to spend up to $450 million to renovate Kyle Field… and that the school wants local politicians to kick in an additional $38 million.
A&M’s leverage is this: We’ll tear down our current stadium and play an entire season of games — worth about $86 million to the local economy — somewhere else while we rebuild if you don’t help us with a three-year renovation project of the current facility. Whether the school is bluffing — and whether politicians would risk calling that bluff — remains to be seen.
TAMU president R. Bowen Loftin said via statement yesterday:
“It is important to reiterate that no decisions have been made as to whether the Aggies will play a season away from Kyle Field, and we continue to hope that this will be an unlikely option.”
The seating capacity for a renovated stadium could be anywhere from 93,000 to 103,500, depending on the plan chosen. The stadium currently seats 83,000.