Everything's bigger in Texas, and when it comes to college football, size does matter.
1200 WOAI news reports the Texas A&M University Board of Regents has approved the planned $450 million renovation of Kyle Field, which will bring its seating capacity up to 102,500, one of the largest in the country, and definitely bigger than those tea-sips down in Austin, which have a football stadium which seats a mediocre 100,100.
"Today we celebrate Texas A&M and our many partners coming together to make history," A&M Chancellor John Sharp said. "We have committed to making Kyle Field the premier college football stadium in the country, as well as an incredible facility to showcase our flagship university, our unique traditions, and the incomparable spirit of the 12th man. This stadium will reflect the dominant prestige and power of Texas A&M University."
Last year's entry of A&M football into the SEC was a huge success for the Aggies, with only two losses, a #8 national rating, a victory in the Cotton Bowl over former Big Twelve rival Oklahoma, and the Heisman Trophy for quarterback Johnny Manziel.
A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said "we are very excited about the upcoming redevelopment at Kyle Field. When I returned to Aggieland, I said that the atmosphere at Kyle Field is second to none. this redevelopment makes a statement about the commitment of all Aggie fans to our football program."
The plan is to begin construction following the upcoming season with the demolition of the first deck of the east side of the stadium. A&M will play in the stadium under construction in 2014, and the enlarged facility will be ready for the 2015 season.
Funding will come from donations and seat licenses through the 12th Man Foundation, as well as student fees, ticket revenue, and hotel tax revenue from Brazos County.