The 12th Man is getting a makeover.
According to a press release from the university, the board of regents has approved a $16 million renovation of Texas A&M'S Bright Football Complex:
Texas A&M’s Bright Football Complex will undergo a $16 million renovation of the Aggies’ locker room, athletic training facilities, meeting rooms and coaches’ offices, following today’s approval by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.
The comprehensive project will significantly upgrade and modernize the first- and third-floor areas of the 11-year-old building. Last fall, Texas A&M opened the new Lohman Center, which serves as the entryway of the Bright Football Complex, and the R.C. Slocum Nutrition Center, located on the second floor of the facility.
Athletic director Eric Hyman was appreciative of the addition, saying per the release, "The sincere commitment to excellence from everyone associated with Texas A&M is apparent."
"This project will continue to help us recruit outstanding student-athletes, as well as provide a first-class experience for our current student-athletes and coaches."
Texas A&M is also in the midst of a $450 million redevelopment of Kyle Field—home of the actual 12th Man. Entering the third year of their move to the SEC, the Aggies are ready to start building and spending like one of the big boys.
And why shouldn't they be?
Few teams have been as interesting to watch these past two seasons, and even without Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans, Texas A&M should be very good down the road as well. As long as Kevin Sumlin is on the sideline—and, more importantly, on the recruiting trail—this team should continue to find success.
After going 26-25 in their final four seasons in the Big 12, the Aggies have gone 21-6 in the past two seasons and won two bowl games since moving to the SEC. They also landed their first Heisman Trophy since the 1950s, which brought a lot of attention—sometimes unwanted—to the university.
Per the release, the renovation will be focused on the first and third floors of the facility, construction will start as soon as possible and all the money came via donations to the 12th Man Foundation.
So next time you wonder why your school panders to boosters—don't.
This is the answer.
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