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07:14 AM ET 05.01 | Texas A&M, coming off its 11-2 debut in the SEC season under new coach Kevin Sumlin and with a Heisman Trophy quarterback, is on a roll. [A&M] is ready to join the big leagues of college football venues. Texas A&M's Board of Regents will meet Wednesday to officially approve the Kyle Field renovation project. The expansion would increase capacity to just over 102,000 seats, making Kyle Field the fifth largest college football stadium in the nation behind the University of Michigan's Michigan Stadium, Penn State's Beaver Stadium, Tennessee's Neyland Stadium, and Ohio State's Ohio Stadium. The expansion is estimated to cost anywhere between $425 and $450 million.

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May 1, 2013  08:15 AM ET

You can bet that the folks in Austin are drafting plans very quickly to expand Royal-Memorial Stadium by about 2000 seats to stay "top dog" in the state.

(To save y'all the lookup, the 102,000 figure is significant; UTx's stadium holds officially 100,119, but has officially had an attendance of 101,851 last year when WVU came to town.)

May 1, 2013  08:18 AM ET

"The House That JFF Built"

May 1, 2013  08:24 AM ET

Longhorn fans won't like this

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May 1, 2013  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

You can bet that the folks in Austin are drafting plans very quickly to expand Royal-Memorial Stadium by about 2000 seats to stay "top dog" in the state.(To save y'all the lookup, the 102,000 figure is significant; UTx's stadium holds officially 100,119, but has officially had an attendance of 101,851 last year when WVU came to town.)

This was my first thought when I read this story yesterday.

May 1, 2013  08:35 AM ET

It is very badly needed, too. Some parts of that stadium date back to the 1920s.

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May 1, 2013  08:39 AM ET

the old confederacy messed up letin these boys in......tamu should dominate this semi pro leagu with their money and talent advantages for years to come....but only if they can water down the admission requirements to sec level and become a football first school....

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May 1, 2013  08:50 AM ET
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the old confederacy messed up letin these boys in......tamu should dominate this semi pro leagu with their money and talent advantages for years to come....but only if they can water down the admission requirements to sec level and become a football first school....

Then explain why they didn't dominate the B12, please, given all that money and their talent advantages.

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May 1, 2013  09:05 AM ET
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Doesnt matter if all they gonna do is fill it up with more dudes

You mean Sheep!

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May 1, 2013  09:18 AM ET

We could add 5K and we ought to.

May 1, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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its a silly quote by a writer who didn't do his homework. They have been adding to DKR for years in steps with plans already in place to close the the south end zone bringing total capacity to 120,000 plus. But if you want to sell papers then make something up that sounds really cool.

HE LIVES! FJJ LIVES!

May 1, 2013  09:34 AM ET

Don't know about you guys but you'd have to pay me to sit in some of those seats! Same with huge basketball arenas.

I'd rather watch games at stadiums the size of those at TCU, SMU, etc.

Just my preference.

May 1, 2013  09:36 AM ET
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bringing total capacity to 120,000 plus.

Is this a typo? did you mean 102K?

May 1, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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Is this a typo? did you mean 102K?

I don't think so but FJJ knows the details. I remember when they removed the track in the first phase it was stated the last phase would reach 120K. The south end zone is not enclosed yet.

And A & M has been planning upgrades for a good while but if I remember correctly, design was argued ad nauseum. Like Josh, said A&M's is badly needed. UTx's was too.

 
May 1, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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Is this a typo? did you mean 102K?

Nope, they have already added more seats this year to get a little over 102k.

In 3 years another section will be added to make it about 108, then around 2018 do the major update to about 120k.

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