Texas A&M is preparing to dominate the SEC. As if placing a freshman Heisman winner on the field weren't enough, the Aggies are planning to expand Kyle Field to 103,000, making it the biggest stadium in the conference.
Reports out of College Station (h/t KBTX.com) are that a possible vote of the Texas A&M Board of Regents is scheduled for Wednesday, and that a press conference is tentatively scheduled for the same day at 6 p.m. CT.
A three-point plan has demolition around the stadium beginning before the 2013 season, and renovations beginning during the summer of 2014.
A tweet from Texasags.com writer Billy Luici released the news this morning:
Per A&M source, Kyle Field project will increase capacity to over 102,000.— Billy Liucci (@billyliucci) April 30, 2013
Under the plan, seats will be added to the south end zone, and the entire west side of the stadium will be demolished and rebuilt.
The estimated new capacity is thought to be in the 103,000 range. Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium has the conference's largest capacity, holding 102,455.
Kyle Field will become the third-largest stadium in the country, with Michigan Stadium (109,901) and Beaver Stadium at Penn State (106,572) the largest.
According to the report, the total cost of the project "has been estimated anywhere from $400 million to $450 million."
The 12th Man tradition at Texas A&M is one of the greatest in college football, and it's about to get nastier. This was already a terrifying stadium for opponents. This expansion will make it an unbelievable experience for A&M fans and an unbearable one for Aggies' opponents .
Texas A&M is making a strong effort to become an elite powerhouse in the SEC, and this is a leap in the right direction. What is already one of the game’s best atmospheres will hit a new level after this build-out concludes.