Texas A&M Approves $450 Million Kyle Field Renovation Project

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2013

Photo courtesy of AggieAthletics.com
Photo courtesy of AggieAthletics.com

Texas A&M football is ready to bring its football stadium to the next level.

According to the school's official athletics website, Kyle Field will go under massive renovations over the next few years: 

Texas A&M University today received approval from the A&M System Board of Regents to proceed with one of the largest college football stadium redevelopments in history, with a project cost of $450 million and a future stadium capacity of 102,500.

The renovation and expansion of Kyle Field will start immediately following the 2013 football season and is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2015 season. 

The stadium has been home to the Aggies since 1927, and the improvements will allow the team to remain in the same location for many years to come. 

Due to the loud atmosphere and intense fans, Kyle Field has been known as "The Home of the 12th Man." It is likely that the jump of about 20,000 seats will only make this a more intimidating place for opponents to play.

Additionally, Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News reports that the new renovations will feature club-level seating, an Aggie sports museum named Champions Hall, a lowered field to increase viewer experience, a canopy to trap more noise, and various other additions to the stadium both inside and out.

The Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System had plenty of excitement when discussing the project (via AggieAthletics.com):

We have committed to making Kyle Field the premier college football stadium in the country, as well as an incredible facility to showcase our flagship university, our unique traditions and the incomparable spirit of the 12th Man. This stadium will reflect the dominant prestige and power of Texas A&M University.

There will already be plenty of excitement surrounding the football program heading into next season after an 11-2 season in 2012. And Heisman winner Johnny Manziel returns for his sophomore year to high expectations.

If everything goes according to plan, the Aggies could contend for an SEC championship and possibly more.  

Combining the play on field with the improvements to the stadium slated for completion by 2015, this is truly an exciting time for the school.