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Texas A&M University's Kyle Field Developments


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I have no idea if this is even a contender of an idea. The only thing that I have heard is that the powers that be are leaning toward a phased construction such that there will not be a need to have a season away from College Station. Apparently a good chunk of the local economy lives and dies by those 7-8 weekends. When I was there every restaurant had an hour wait every weekend night anyway and it has been hard to get a hotel room on a random Tuesday, so I'm dubious of the claims that losing a season would be that bad on B/CS, but what do I know?

If I had my druthers, I'd go for a complete tear down/rebuild with a clean slate that had two ginormous decks that wrapped around and topped out attendance ~100k.

The stadium now is a mongrel of concrete built in many different phases.

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Kyle Field is fine as is... You don't tear down a 85 yr old beloved collegiate stadium for luxury boxes.

If they have to add seats, I'd prefer they don't touch the existing stadium... and add a partial Zone-like structure opposite the Zone, between the field and the new Bright building - Perhaps just doing the top 2 decks integrated over or front left and right of the Bright Bldg.

The Zone added 20k... I'd be happy only adding 10-15k more seats if it means NOT doing a full demo and reconstruction.

kyle-field-aerial.jpg

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Eh, tear it down and build something spectacular. You don't tear down a stadium for luxury boxes. You DO tear down a stadium for overwhelmed plumbing, electrical wiring that cannot keep up with modern demands, all around general disrepair, AND revenue generating luxury boxes and club seating.

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That rendering doesn't make any sense. G-Rollie White currently takes up a lot of the space where the stadium is in the rendering. Second, the gridiron itself would have to shift a good bit east of the current location and I don't see how that would being that the field is below grade. And 3rd, would they tear down the ''brand new'' north end zone? Doesn't make much sense. The concrete isn't even hardly stained yet.

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The artist who did this often posts his work on his website even when the actual design is not the final version of a project.

Some ideas of his may be incorporated into the final design, but I imagine the new/renovated Kyle Field will look much different.

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That rendering doesn't make any sense. G-Rollie White currently takes up a lot of the space where the stadium is in the rendering. Second, the gridiron itself would have to shift a good bit east of the current location and I don't see how that would being that the field is below grade. And 3rd, would they tear down the ''brand new'' north end zone? Doesn't make much sense. The concrete isn't even hardly stained yet.

The actual field isn't below grade now...

The only thing I like about that rendering is the demolishing of G Rollie for an entrance plaza. Has it served any purpose for the last decade, I don't think so.

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The actual field isn't below grade now...

The only thing I like about that rendering is the demolishing of G Rollie for an entrance plaza. Has it served any purpose for the last decade, I don't think so.

From what I know, G. Rollie is a gonner no matter what option is selected. This strikes me as something you do once every hundred years or so.

The infrastructure of the existing stadium is in bad shape. I'd like to see something spectacular built from scratch.

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The RFP was released today.

Highlights of the plan are to demolish and replace the entire West side, replace the first deck on the East side and address code and inadequate egress issues on the second and third decks, build a 12,000 seat South end zone with future expansion capability for an additional 7,000, lower the playing surface seven feet and move the field 18 feet south to enable an additional six rows of seats on the East and North sides.

G. Rollie and the Read building will be demolished.

All of this to commence after the 2013 season and be completed incrementally to not displace any home games.

Huge project.

Looking forward to a rendering.

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Have they begun construction? They have erected a crane at the south end zone....as seen in a video from ''dude pefect'' on the home page of the Houston Chronicle.

 

http://blog.chron.com/aggies/2013/01/manziel-dude-perfect-form-quite-a-combo-of-trickery/

 

I saw that in the video myself, maybe so, but I read that the construction was not going to start until after the 2013 season.  It looks positioned to take the video board apart. 

 

Given the design requirement to ring in the south end zone, they may have decided to go ahead and dismantle it this offseason. 

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The crane is there for additions to the lobby of the Bright Complex and a new nutrition center.

 

Contrary to what I said earlier, it seems like the above rendering will be more similar to the finished product than I first thought, for better or worse.

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The crane is there for additions to the lobby of the Bright Complex and a new nutrition center.

 

Contrary to what I said earlier, it seems like the above rendering will be more similar to the finished product than I first thought, for better or worse.

 

I guess they build whenever they get the money for these things. Given the newness of the Bright Complex, I did not think anything major would be done at this point. Shows you how much I know. 

 

Folks on the A&M fan boards with inside knowledge of the plans are claiming that the overhaul will be about as extensive as you can get without a total tear down/rebuild. Initial reports have capacity at 102k that is expandable to 112k in the future, which I'm guessing would be something like that second deck on the South end in the rendering. 

 

The lowered playing surface is supposedly going to necessitate a drainage/retention pond across the street in Spence Park.  Speculation is that it will be landscaped/developed in to something pretty nice with a formal central tailgating area for game day, ala The Grove in Oxford, MS. I'm most interested to see what the closer seating to the field does to the atmosphere. Apart from the North end, the seating is still backspaced as though the running track that was removed in the 80's/90's were still there.  

 

G. Rollie and the Read building may start coming down very soon. 

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MAJOR upgarde.  That is a pretty slick looking stadium there.  I really like the arbor things they are showing on the corners of the building.  That would be pretty unique.  Can't really see any luxury box seating in the renderings but it would appear they might be on the left hand/closer side of the stadium in both of the new renderings.

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The parking garages aren't a part of the current plan now.  102,000 people going in and out of parking garages would be a nightmare.  I hate coming out of the garage for the Hobby Theatre, I can't imagine how bad that would be.  As it is now, they bus people to different surface lots around campus, and it actually works fairly well for such a large amount of people. 

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I thought they decide not to add the parking garages?

 

The pics posted here were a batch that were released early/unofficially. If you look at the gallery in my link, the garages are gone.

 

The garage just West of Wellborn gets a lot of gameday traffic, and is a general PITA when they stop a few thousand pedestrians for five minutes at a time to let the cars out. As mentioned, spreading the parkers all over campus (and town for that matter) seems to work pretty well. So many folks hang out and tailgate before and after the games though that car traffic isn't an all out rush at one time to get in or out either.

 

Iron Tiger - When you say "white tent things" are you talking about the indoor practice facility and adjacent indoor track/athletic field?  They do have a temporary look about them, but that type of construction seems to be fairly standard issue at big programs.

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Fully done for 2015 season. Next season will be anomaly though as they will construct the South endzone expansion and will not have made the modifications to the West/East side that will remove seats and add suites. Next year the capacity will be 109,000 for one season until 2015 where it will be 102,500

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First deck on the East side is completely gone and looks like most of the dirt has been removed to achieve the drop in the playing surface apart from the "track" at the perimeter.  There will be suites at the top of the East side first deck, though I do not know if they will be ready for the 2014 season. After next season, they are going to do a controlled collapse of the second and third deck on the West side, presumable after demolishing the first deck the old fashioned way.

 

That will be some YouTube gold and tricky. They will have to avoid the North and South end zones as well as anything toward the East side/field.

 

The new structure is going to be more steel frame than poured concrete. Here's an interesting article about the construction process:

 

http://www.aggieathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=209318218

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I thought they were not demolishing the upper decks...guess not...what's wrong with the west end decks? It's not like they're nearly a century old like the lower deck was.

 

 

The entire West side is a mishmash of structures. They initially built a smaller, maybe 40 yards wide, second deck on the West side. The current second west side deck sits on top of that structure. The third deck was built on top of that. Getting in or out of the second deck is a major logjam and there were never sufficient restroom facilties.

 

As to what was wrong, now that there is sufficient demand, alumni wanted to get more for their money. A stadium designed to sell $15 tickets and a few hot dogs doesn't go over well to the folks forking over in the neighborhood of $250 a head per game, exclusive of their other donations.

 

With all of the other structure in the way, there was no way to expand the existing concourses to accomodate desired amenties, and the rumor is that the plumbing and electrical infrastructure was way overdue for replacement anyway. The third decks were installed in the early 80's (I think). No one would have predicted at the time how much more money would be flooding in to the program (or the sport in general) to account for future expandability and/or there was not enough money to do so at the time.

 

The East (student) side second and third decks will remain as the concourses will be fairly Spartan and the modifications do not have to deal with as many complications, but they will be spruced up.  The second deck concourse on the student side was third world quality. The Read building enclosed the back side and the plumbing never worked, so you had a siflingly hot, dank cave filled with sweaty people.  

 

It's a hell of a project.

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I remember that even on the first deck on the east side in watching high school football, the under deck area was pretty grimy. The west end doesn't have the extensive under-the-seat space like the east end did (where Read was built), so if they wanted to build something under there, they couldn't.

 

Meanwhile, the awful-looking tents look like they'll remain.

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I've heard they are only doing the first deck on the east side so they could keep the same amount of student seats. A tear down and rebuild would have meant moving seating to current code of 24" vs 18" separation and less seats on the student side. We really are a fatter society.

Also, when the east side stands were demolished that dirt hasn't seen sunlight since the 20s.

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stairs? eek. Any escalators going in?

Yes. That's actually a change as today it's ramps or elevator. Think of reliant or minute maid. You can still take a stairs since escalators usually take a long time to clear out

Is that...... Fake brick?....

No, real brick on precast panels

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I'm beginning to wonder if they'll have the south endzone completed by the end of August. I monitor the cams every single day and I don't see how they are going to add the equivalent of the north end zone in 5 months. Seems as though time is ticking and it is ticking fast. There is nothing there except concrete forms and slabs. Anybody know when the south end zone is going to go vertical?

 

 

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I'm beginning to wonder if they'll have the south endzone completed by the end of August. I monitor the cams every single day and I don't see how they are going to add the equivalent of the north end zone in 5 months. Seems as though time is ticking and it is ticking fast. There is nothing there except concrete forms and slabs. Anybody know when the south end zone is going to go vertical?

 

Completely different construction from the North Endzone.  Expect to see a lot more precast steel and a lot less concrete.

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