It’s official. Texas A&M announced yesterday that the school would push forward with a $450 million refurbishment and redevelopment plan for Kyle Field. When the expansion is complete, the biggest football stadium in the SEC and in the state of Texas will stand in College Station. Planned seating capacity — 102,500.
The Houston Chronicle quotes a “grinning” A&M chancellor John Sharp as saying:
“It’s the largest? I didn’t know that. That was the recommendation of the architect: 102,500… I didn’t argue with that recommendation…
We don’t follow other folk anymore. We kind of do our own thing.”
Seat licenses are part of the plan to fund the project. The goal is to wrap up work by August of 2015 with the Aggies never having to leave their home stadium during the construction process (which will begin after this season). That work will include a new facade, exterior plazas, loge boxes, luxury suites, a premium club that will run the length of the field, a rebuilt west side of the stadium, and a three-deck end zone in the stadium’s south end. The field will be lowered and fans will be moved closer to the action. Canopies will also be added on the east and west sides of the stadium to trap noise.
Renderings of the project can be found right here.
“Kyle Field is a megaphone to the world, whether you like it or not,” Sharp said. “And this megaphone that we’re fixing to build is going to be the loudest on the planet.”
After so many predicted mediocrity for Texas A&M in the SEC, the Aggies must feel like they’re now doling out the world’s largest serving of crow (and we’re not talking about John David). An 11-win season, a Heisman Trophy, and now a rebuilt Kyle Field that even surpasses good ol’ Texas’ stadium over in Austin.