The Board amended the A&M System's capital plan to change the Kyle Field project start date to FY2013, the university's current fiscal year. This action will allow Texas A&M to begin a next phase of architectural and engineering work as part of the stadium redevelopment. The Board also appropriated $5 million to support preconstruction services and related project costs.
"The decisions by the Board of Regents on Kyle Field are an important step in the process, not a destination," said John Sharp, chancellor of the A&M System. "There have been no final decisions as to location, capacity or design of Kyle Field."
Kyle Field has been the home of the Aggie football team since 1927. The stadium was initially expanded in 1967 to include two decks of grandstands, and the third decks were added to the east and west sides of the stadium in 1980. Most recently, Kyle Field was expanded in 1999 to include the north end zone expansion, known as the Bernard C. Richardson Zone. The current capacity of the stadium stands at 83,002; however, Texas A&M regularly averages more than 87,000 in attendance.
"With a project such as this, which has the potential to be the largest and most significant construction project in the history of college football, there will be many milestones as part of the journey," said Eric Hyman, Texas A&M Director of Athletics. "We have several significant decisions related to Kyle Field ahead of us in the coming months."