Photo Gallery: Kyle Field Photo Tour 8/11/2008
Known as one of the nation's most intimidating road venues, Texas A&M's Kyle Field has been the home of the Aggie football team since the mid-1920s.
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640 484 Edwin Jackson Kyle, the namesake of Kyle Field. As chairman of the Athletic Council in 1905, he fenced off a portion of land on southwest corner of campus for an athletic field. Kyle then gave $312.63 of his own money to purchase lumber for the building of bleachers with a seating capacity of 500. 205947390 Texas A&M Athletics407 640 1907: A view of the future site of Kyle Field. The first game was played here on Oct. 7, 1905, as A&M defeated the Houston YMCA 29-0. Kyle gave more money in 1907 to buy the grandstand you see above from the Bryan Fair Association. 205947222 Texas A&M Athletics407 640 1927: A concrete grandstand is built on the west side of the field. 205947391 Texas A&M Athletics407 640 1929: The east stands and north stands (horseshoe) are completed at a cost of $350,000. Capacity is now 33,000. 205947223 Texas A&M Athletics407 640 1941: A crowd of 40,000 watches the Southwest Conference champion Aggies battle Texas on Nov. 28. The old Kyle Baseball Field can be seen just above the stadium to the left. 205947392 Texas A&M Athletics407 640 1953: A west side second deck is erected (between the 30 yard lines) along with a new press box with room for 150 writers. Capacity is now 41,500. 205947224 Texas A&M Athletics
407 640 1967: The west side second deck is extended to its current position, and an east side second deck is erected. Capacity is now 48,000. Note center field of old Kyle Baseball Field in the bottom left of the photo and 13-year-old G. Rollie White Coliseum at the top right. 205947393 Texas A&M Athletics407 640 1970: The AstroTurf playing surface is installed on Kyle Field, and a grass practice field is built south of the stadium. 205947394 Texas A&M Athletics407 640 1980: The West side third deck and east side third deck are erected, as are a new press box and west side suites. A new scoreboard is also installed at the south end. Capacity is now 70,000. 205947395 Texas A&M Athletics407 640 A shot of senior "boot line" at halftime of a game against Houston in the early 1980s, showing the scoreboard installed several years earlier. 205947225 Texas A&M Athletics407 640 1994: A view of the east side (student section). 205947226 Texas A&M Athletics407 640 1996: A model of the proposed expansion of Kyle Field just prior to the building of "The Zone." 205947396 Texas A&M Athletics
407 640 1997: An Astroturf practice field is built south of the stadium (lower left in photo) on the site of the grass practice field. Kyle Field was converted to grass in 1996. Deware Field House and P.L. Downs Natatorium (just north of the stadium's west side) have been demolished. 205947397 Texas A&M Athletics407 640 1999: The $32.9 million north end zone project nears completion, and area is named the Bernard C. Richardson Zone at Kyle Field. First deck seats are moved 65 feet closer to field, second deck (club level) seating is erected, 20 suites are erected, third deck is erected. The "Zone Club"--a 14,000-square foot stadium club--is built just above the club seating. Capacity is now 80,650. 205947398 Texas A&M Athletics407 640 1999: The completed north end zone project is filled for the "Bonfire Game" against Texas on Nov. 25. 205947227 Texas A&M Athletics407 640 2001: The student-organized "Red, White and Blue Out" on Sept. 22 in a win over Oklahoma State honored the victims of the terror attacks 11 days earlier. 205947399 Texas A&M Athletics407 640 2003: The $27 million Bright Football Complex stands completed in the south end of Kyle Field. It houses a new locker room, athletic training room, rehabilitation complex, meeting rooms, coaches offices, players' lounge and state-of-the-art academics center under one roof. 205947400 Texas A&M Athletics407 640 2006: The new 12th Man TV debuts at Kyle Field for the opener against The Citadel on Sept. 2. The structure stands 110 feet high and houses nearly 4,000 square feet of video board. 205947401 Texas A&M Athletics
407 640 2006: The second part of the 12th Man TV project included over 1,100 feet of ribbon board located on the base of the second deck on all three sides. 205947402 Texas A&M Athletics407 640 2006: The latest aerial view of Kyle Field, during the Nebraska game on Nov. 11. 205947403 Texas A&M Athletics