Texas A&M Football: Kyle Field Set to Emerge as College Football's Crown Jewel

Jim Sullivan@jsully711Featured ColumnistMarch 21, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, TX - OCTOBER 15: Kyle Field before a game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Baylor Bears on October 15, 2011 in College Station, Texas. The Texas A&M Aggies defeated the Baylor Bears 55-28. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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As the Aggies prepare to pack their Big 12 bags and set up shop in the SEC, one of the most important pieces of furniture will most certainly be their legendary home field. The 12th Man has backed A&M's football team for generations, creating a reputation worthy of any in the country.

The tumultuous fans of Aggieland stand for every minute that their team is on the field, never giving up or backing down. The 88,000 plus that can fit into the stadium can create a deafening roar, forcing opposing offenses to cringe under the weight of the noise. 

As the SEC merger approaches, however, many are realizing that 88,000 seats may not be enough for the Aggies' new conference. Fans were consistently let down in the Big 12 as Iowa State, Kansas and Baylor all provided lackluster entertainment, but the Southeast is a much different story as even Vanderbilt can compete with the best of them.

For the first time ever last season, Kyle Field sold out every home game. As of right now, just a mere ten days before Spring Practice, Aggies looking for 2012 season tickets would be put on a waiting list 3,000 members strong. These are numbers the A&M administration has never seen, forcing them into a position where they must grow.       

When Texas A&M's eastern movement became quasi-official, many a rumor began to surface about the possibility of expanding or renovating Kyle Field, the Aggies' football sanctuary since the early 1900s. After just having finished "The Zone" less than a decade ago, this is a giant decision that has the potential to impact thousands of people.

Currently in the SEC, Kyle Field stands as the seventh largest stadium in the conference with a capacity of 83,002 fans. The word on the street, however, is that the university's possible expansion/renovation plans would fill out the arena to a whopping 115,000, effectively passing Michigan's "Big House" for the largest stadium in the nation.

While the discussions are still being kept tightly shut behind closed doors, small leaks have allowed for the media to uncover that a step-by-step renovation is one of the top choices for the A&M administration. This would include stages in which each of Kyle's three decks on both the East and West sides would be upgraded.

The further expansion of the stadium would follow, but as of now, everything is still on the table. This ranges from playing at Houston's Reliant Stadium for a season to completely revamping the south end zone so as to allow a relief valve as soon as possible.  

Point is, Kyle Field will be greatly increased to accommodate a much larger capacity over the course of the next decade. The SEC move is an ideal point in which to start putting this project in the works, especially since A&M will begin receiving an increase in cash flow with their change of conference.

A full-blown jump up into the 100,000 person capacity would create one of the top destinations for college football in the country. Fans of the sport would travel thousands of miles to visit what could become the loudest and most deafening stadium in all the land.

Overtaking Michigan would more than put A&M on the map, as it would most certainly move the Aggies' home field into the uppermost echelon of the sport's top stadiums. In fact, an expansion of this kind would easily make Kyle Field the crown jewel of college football arenas nationwide.  

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