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November 2, 2012
Having lived in Texas for a large part of my life, I have an appreciation for the saying: “Everything is bigger and better in Texas.” As we continue our planning and deliberations concerning the future of Kyle Field, I keep coming back to the realization that our stadium renovation has the potential to be the largest and most significant construction project in the history of college football.
That’s right, we do things bigger and better in Texas. And that’s certainly true for Texas A&M and the 12th Man.
Earlier today, The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents met in Kingsville and approved an agenda item related to the Kyle Field project. Most notably, the Board amended the A&M System’s capital plan to change the project start date to FY2013, our current fiscal year. That doesn’t mean you will see bulldozers and cranes at Kyle Field in the near future – this approval simply enables us to begin a next phase of architectural and engineering work. The Board also appropriated $5 million, which includes $4 million from the 12th Man Foundation, to support these preconstruction services and related project costs.
We have several significant decisions related to Kyle Field ahead of us in the coming months. We continue to discuss Kyle Field’s future capacity, an overall budget and whether the project will require us to play a season away from Kyle Field. No decisions have been made regarding these important items, nor do we have a timetable for these decisions.
You may have read that Coach Sumlin has charged all of us to do the impossible – make Kyle Field an even louder and more intimidating environment. That’s a tall order, but as I have learned over the past several months, nothing is impossible for the 12th Man.
Thank you – the 12th Man Foundation – for your continued dedication and support of Texas A&M Athletics. These are truly exciting and historic times for Texas A&M. Let’s go out tomorrow and BTHO MSU!
Director of Athletics
"the largest and most significant construction project in the history of college football."
This says it all.
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I'll be pissed if we don't go over 100
Ya, we are going large.
The growing alumni base and SEC necessitate it be done
I'm hoping at least 100.
Why set yourself up to be pissed?
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Too many egos involved in a project like this. No way be don't break 100. Don't think I'm setting myself up to be disappointed
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SEC SEC SEC!!!
Yes. Recruiting is a dick measuring competition. You're in a fight to convince kids why your school is bigger and better than everyone else. You don't want to be the baylor of the world that has to convince the girls that it's not about the size
So because we go to say 95K with an improved setup that makes the 12th Man even louder instead of 100K + like the horns in Austin, we are Baylor?
95K puts us 3rd in the SEC and top 10 in the country. I don't see how that, along with Sumlin and his staff, the 12th Man, and everything else we have to offer puts us at a disadvantage.
If it goes above 100K, cool. But it doesn't NEED to be above 100K just to say that's where we are.
I'm not saying it makes us baylor if we're at 95 instead of 100. There's no reason for the options to be a quiet 100 or a loud 95. I'm saying this is something that we probably won't change again for what, 50-75 years? Might as well go big
I'm not in the 100+ crowd either. I would rather have a sold out stadium every week over being able to say we have a capacity of 100+.
Again, you're saying we should do it just for the sake of doing it.
If it doesn't affect the overall product and remains one of the better stadiums in America, why does it NEED to be 100K+?
Kyle Field has been an advantage in recruiting since forever. I have never heard a recruit say, "Well, I was going to pick the Ags over tu but DKR Memorial has a lot more seats than Kyle."
I'd rather not have a sold out stadium for the near future to have a larger sold out stadium for the long term future--i.e. 10 years not selling out 105k with 50 years selling it out rather than 60 years of selling out 95k.
Out of all the recruiting factors most of them change: your coach, your current team, how you compare with other teams, etc. One of the few factors that doesn't change (speaking in relative terms) is your stadium. I just want a damn impressive stadium--not that Kyle isn't, I just want it to be beyond argument
So does this mean we will have to play somewhere else in 2014 or 2015?? That would absolutely suck.
What is everyone's fascination with 100,000 seats?
1) We will need them eventually. I understand that. We could possibly sell them out on big games and hopefully some day we'll be able to sell them out with season tickets ... but not now, unless they cut ticket prices. Which they won't do.
2) That would mean lots of empty seats when we play Division II opponents and the smaller schools. That looks bad on TV.
3) Right now we are around 85,000 seats. According to Byrne, when they start any project, we lose 7,000-10,000 seats to new fire code rules.
That means we'll be going from 75,000 seats up to 93,000 seats ... and have the plans ready to expand past 100,000 when more funding comes along.
4) If fans know that there will probably be last minute discounted tickets, there is no emphasis on buying season tickets. Many of them will just buy the games they want, and hurt income overall.
5) I love Kyle Field, but realistically we are going to need to sell the naming rights to make this work. Hopefully it will be section by sections ala Richardson Zone, but realistically it will have to go corporate to get this type of cash.
I'd much rather we go to 95,000, sell it out reliably, get a good 2,000+ waiting list, *then* go up past 100,000.
The only way I see us going over 100,000 is if the money is there now. But in this economy, I'm betting it will be tight to pull this off.
Ok, I'm excited!
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