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This post was edited by Chris Walsh 14 months ago
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
How many will it seat?
We need to work on the outside to Bryant-Denny some more. The two endzones look great, but we can beautify some of the other angles of the exterior, IMO.
Oil money goes a long way. Longhorn jealousy is it green kinda like steer poop? g.
Note the Big Screen (megatron) atop the upper deck - our stadium needed this yesterday. Keep the 4 small corner TVs for lower level but the upper level needs it own megascreen.
Agreed. I wish we had a huge megatron on one of the upper decks.
Impressive indeed. Worthy of an SEC powerhouse, which A&M is on the way to becoming. And it will eclipse and diminish the "other" programs in that state. Wonder what the final
seating capacity will be, looks like 100,000+ for sure. Heck, this is Texas, why don't they just go ahead and add the retractable roof and be done with it.....
I hope we'll upgrade BDS soon.
i'm loving what a&m is doing. i wanna root for them so bad but its tough since they are also in the west.
From a guy who lived in Houston over a decade, you'll learn to hate the Aggies. They are Barners in disguise.
i just got respect how they said screw texas and went scared to come into the sec. then stepped up their game and being willing to compete. i'm glad they are in the sec. i wish we could have got someone better than missouri though
Yep. My Texas friends are pissed that A&M is hot in state school. Agree with Mizzou. Really don't think that market really helped IMO. Aggies really have some similarities to AU with it's origins of an agricultural school and worship of the Century Tree. Their passion for football is cool and fits in.
Well, so much for having the nicest stadium in the league.
Mal will trump this eventually but damn that place is amazing.
initial reports said it will hold 112k seats
10 Major Poll National Titles (CFB record)
35 Bowl Wins (CFB record)
72 Wins over last 6 years (CFB record)
Don't get too ahead of yourself. They've been throwing renderings like this around for years. I say it's a few more years before it starts, and when it does they will do it in pieces. They can't exactly play somewhere else, so they can't shut the place down to do it all at once. Plus you don't add 40k seats in one fell swoop anyways. They would never sell that out if they did it all at once. They can do what's in the renderings and I still say our stadium is better. We've got more suites than a lot of NFL stadiums, and that's what brings in the money.
I think our next move is the west upper deck, converting the two lower levels on either side of the press box to suites or club seats of some kind. We need to keep striking while the iron's hot and keep the money train going.
Look at the last picture, it looks like they are naming one of the corner structures after Coach Bryant. Pretty cool.
I had heard that they proposed having a capacity of about 125,000. Now that is a lot, but in that Texas heat, that will be
a tough draw. Heck Jerry Jones figured that out and put on a roof with AC. I shudder to think of watching my Tide and
the Wolverines last September in Dallas if outdoors. It was 101 degrees at 5PM in Dallas that day and there would have
been deaths if in an outdoor stadium. By the time the game was over, it had cooled off--to about 87. Lower humidity
than here, but still a very harsh environment for football as College Station will be. Hopefully the Ags will wisen up and
plan lots of night games in September-early October. All would benefit. ESPN would love night games in College Station
for SEC games, I would bet. RTR!
CBS Sports has a nice feature article on their College Football section today with pictures. Their AD says the upper limit
of capacity would be 103,500, which would make it the largest in the SEC (not the 125,000 I had earlier being bandied
about). Take a look at the pics and they do have one of the 4 corner pavilions named the Paul W. Bryant pavilion--cool.
Coach Bryant would have been glad to have A&M in the SEC. Their stadium will give Bryant-Denny a run for its money,
it seems, but they will take another 4-5 years to get it all done and by then, I expect we will have improved our stadium
more to constantly stay the best. RTR!
IDK with A&M moving to the SEC seems Texas has become second fiddle to the Aggies who now look like the BAMA of the state of texas and UT becoming the new Barners.
A&M such a better fit for SEC than Mizzu
happy to have the new competition, just didnt expect that comp to be so competitive so soon!
"Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible." ~ Frank Zappa
Hard to tell, but from the night shot rendering from the sky it doesn't look to have many sky-box seats or suites. Gotta give those big donors somewhere nice to sit.
A&M will never replace Texas as THE school in Texas. Just won't happen. They may be up right now, just like Auburn was a decade ago, but it won't stick. Too much history and pride for UT.
The project is estimated to cost $430 million. This would potentially make it the most expensive and nicest college stadium in the country.
So far they've got funding methods for about $100 million of that, which renovates the east side of their stadium. Most of that will come from student fees to pay off renovations to their section (though students go to games "free" at TAM).
It apparently isn't clear how they're going to generate the other $330 million. So, until they actually come up with a method to get the money, it's just a fancy plan. They think they'll be able to pay it off over a 30 year period, but still... this is half the size of UA's endowment.
Texas AM administrators and B-CS community leaders announced an agreement in principle to financially support the Kyle Field Redevelopment Project. Such an agreement would generate $36 million of the $420 million needed to renovate and expand Kyle Field, as well as keep football games in College Station.
This post was edited by Huskypup 14 months ago
I will say this: No one has come on to the scene as strong as A&M has IMO. From perennial Big XII doormat and Texas's bitch to SEC member, Heisman winner, stadium potential... I'm impressed.
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