Big changes are coming for Kyle Field

Posted by Terrence Murphy Sr. on Thursday, July 25th, 2013 at 2:35pm

Kyle Field is a staple in the Aggie experience. Game days in College Station are something that everyone should experience. This experience is going to get an upgrade when Kyle Field gets started on the $450 million renovations.  The renovations will start after the 2013 season and will be completed for the 2015 season. 

The project has been phased to allow the complete home schedules to be played at Kyle Field in College Station during all years of the project. The first phase of the project starts in August 2014 with the demolition of G. Rollie White Coliseum and portions of the Read Building. September will bring construction to the east side press box as well as the canopy area. According to the athletic department some of the biggest changes will come in November. “On Monday, Nov. 11, demolition around the stadium will consist of the Netum Steed facility and the south end zone video board, as well as the east side ramps and the first deck on the east side.  Demolition work on the north end zone façade will also begin at this time, followed by the Monday, Nov. 25 demolition of the playing field.”

 These changes will take the seating capacity from 82,600 to 102,500. This will make Kyle Field  the biggest stadium in Texas and the SEC conference. In big games standing room only will be offered which would bring the total capacity to 105,500.

The $450 million renovations are funded by different groups. 51% will be funded by annual seat licenses, 27% will be funded by Kyle Field Campaign gifts, and 17% will be funded by Texas A&M students and 5% funded by local government agencies.

A big renovation feature is the upgrades to the suite options for patrons. There are 3 options: North, East, and West. Currently all the suite options are reserved but interested people can be placed on a waitlist in case something opens up but that is unlikely.

The North Suites will include a bar, private restroom and glass-enclosed suite so patrons can enjoy the game without having to worry about the weather. These suites open into the zone club.

The east Suites are located on the East sideline and stretch from end zone to end zone. There are 12 large open-air seats and four barstools in the suite. Guests can open the glass so that they can experience the atmosphere of Kyle Field if desired. Each set of three or four suites also features a parlor with a gather area and private restrooms.

The West suites are located between the 20-yard lines. These suites feature 28 seats with covered and open-air seats, and eight barstools. These suites will feature high finishes and a premier view of the field. Patrons have the options to open the glass in order to hear the full game day festivities.  The suites open up into the exclusive Founders Lounge with is only available to people in these suites.

Other renovations include club-level seating, a lowered field to increase viewer experience, a canopy to trap more noise, 12 maroon lights for when the team wins, and an Aggie sports museum named Champions Hall which will feature merchandise and concessions. A Kyle Field Park will be constructed on the north side exterior to serve as a pre- and post- game gathering place.

12th Man Foundation's Sam Torn called it the "most extensive and expensive renovation of a collegiate football stadium in history."

To help with the redevelopment, Houston Street will connect with George Bush Drive on the South to Military Drive on the north.

All the changes to Kyle Field will be bringing more alumni back to College Station than ever before. This is going to help the local economy because of the money that will be pumped back into the town.  Game day housing will become a bigger necessity than ever before with many alumni choosing to stay the whole weekend.

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