The Texas A&M Aggies moved to a new college football neighborhood and the current digs just won’t do. As part of Extreme Home Makeover-College Station Edition, the school’s University System intends to renovate Kyle Field at the cost of $425-450 million per the Eagle. Parameters aren’t approved yet but perhaps most important to the maroon and white, seating capacity would increase to 103,500. Assuming plans reflect reality, the bump in butts pushes the stadium to the largest in Texas, just edging out DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin. Think that might have played a role?
Renovations are likely to occur over a three-year period. Presumably, the Aggies continue staging home games at Kyle as the College Station economic community was worried about losing the business influx each fall. The Zone, built in 1998, probably survives. It doesn’t make much sense to demolish a structure that houses the big money donors on Saturdays. So the other two structures get razed and constructed from scratch.
By comparison, Baylor’s rising venue sports a $250 million price tag. With numbers close to double that, A&M figures to spend the money necessary to impress their new conference mates (as if the welcome videos and t-shirts weren’t enough) and prospective recruits.
As of late though, the Aggie athletic department and their donors haven’t had issues flaunting wealth. Mike Sherman’s buyout, Kevin Sumlin’s deal, Big 12 exit fees and a brand-new stadium are the cost of business in college football’s arms race and especially those in the SEC.
Let’s just hope the renovated Kyle Field isn’t plagued, like the current one, by bat guano.