(@doug_keegan)Now that Texas A&M is in the SEC, and Johnny Manziel and Co. have made the Aggies a legitimate national title contender, old Kyle Field is going to need some work.
The Aggies’ $420 million renovation and expansion of the stadium has been in the works for a while, and it appears the school is planning to get its money’s worth.
Doug Keegan, of SB Nation’s GoodBullHunting.com, tweeted out links to many apparently leaked renderings of the stadium, and if the project turns out looking anything like the pictures, it’ll be one of the destination stadiums for college football fans.
The Houston Chronicle linked to some of the conceptual renderings as well, saying they haven’t been finalized or approved but the paper was told they are “accurate in terms of A&M’s overall plans.”
A&M had already announced that Manhattan-Vaughn, the same company that designed Cowboys Stadium and Reliant Stadium in Houston, would be the construction partner. Of course the project was going to be enormous.
And it seems perfect on the heels of an 11-2 campaign, a decisive win over Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl and Manziel becoming the first-ever freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.
Oxford Economics released a study last September, in response to rumors of A&M home games possibly moving to Houston, saying in part that $120 million was spent in College Station because of the Aggies home games. The overall impact the Aggies have on the community, and the wear and tear on Kyle Field, has led to a steady movement towards funding and building the improved stadium. Instead of a quick fix, the Aggies wanted to make a big splash.
Here’s a couple more apparent renderings that were tweeted out by SB Nation’s Keegan: