[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Texas A&M Board of Regents meets Wednesday to vote on a conceptual plan for the long-anticipated redevelopment of Kyle Field.
The most interesting issues to be revealed? Capacity and cost.
TexAgs.com’s Billy Liucci tweeted Tuesday that the capacity will exceed 102,000.
If true, Kyle Field would be the largest college stadium in the state of Texas and could be the largest in the SEC.
Seating capacity proposals ranged from 95,000 to 102,00+. According to Liucci:
“Some wanted to see Kyle capacity in the 95K range, while others wanted closer to 103K. The decision is to go with the larger stadium.”
Kyle Field’s current capacity of 82,378 is 14th among on-campus venues.
Texas’ Royal-Memorial is currently the the state’s largest college stadium at 100,119. Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium is the largest in the SEC at 102,455.
“We’ll build it to the capacity we have and if that turns out to be the biggest, that’s great,” A&M system chancellor John Sharp told the Dallas Morning News last fall. “I like that idea a lot.”
The cost of the project is expected to be between $425-$450 million, though it could go higher. Athletic director Eric Hyman has stated that it could be the most expensive on-campus stadium project in the country.
A&M considered a number of options including a new location, but ultimately decided it will rebuild the current Kyle in the same location. Conceptual renderings of the project were leaked on TexAgs in February.
The school has already selected a construction firm (Manhattan-Vaughn) and funding details are expected to be released following Wednesday’s meeting. The school has worked with the College Station-Bryan area hotels on a tax that could contribute up to $36 million to the project. Additional funding is expected to come via seat licensing and a large donor effort, as well as increased student fees.
School officials have said that the renovations could begin almost immediately after board approval. No timeline for completion has been given.