12 Features to Watch for on Opening Day at Kyle Field


The long awaited opening of the redeveloped Kyle Field is almost here.  Soon the doors will open and students, former students, and fans of all kinds will be welcomed into a stadium all Aggies will be proud to call their own.  We’re very excited to show off what Populous, the 12th Man Foundation, the University and the contractors have been working so hard to bring to Texas A&M.  There are many exciting new features with the New Kyle Field, but I wanted to tell you about some of the key features to check out.  In the Aggie Spirit of the 12th Man, here’s my Top 12 list.

12. Technology: The New Kyle Field will be the most technologically advanced stadium in the country. The stadium will have digital menu boards that can be updated even during events; fans will be able to enjoy hundreds of new TVs; and, most notably, once tuned in over the first few games, the stadium will have the most advanced and extensive Wi-Fi and cell phone system of any sporting facility, capable of connecting every single fan simultaneously if your carrier is on the system.

11.  Audio Visual: I know fans will be excited about the features of the new sound system. We’ve replaced the old sound system that blasted out of the south end with a new, fully distributed system with over a thousand speakers. That’s like going from a boom box to a high fidelity stereo.  Last year we unveiled the new south scoreboard which was the largest board in collegiate sports.  We also added a large video board in the northeast corner of the stadium.  This year we are adding another large board in the northwest corner and ribbon boards around the seating.  With the addition of these boards and the video boards inside the stadium, Aggies can now claim Kyle Field has more LED video displays than any collegiate venue in history.

10. 102,733: Fans will realize immediately the enormity of the redeveloped Kyle Field. Seating capacity has been bumped from 82,589 to 102,733, making it the biggest in the SEC and one of the five biggest stadiums in college football. But it isn’t just the capacity that’s been changed. The quality of seating and variety of seating options has been greatly enhanced including increasing accessibility and seating options for persons with disabilities.

9. Fan Amenities: Before we started, Kyle Field had the same challenges as many older stadiums. The two that probably everyone, everywhere complains about the most are long lines at toilets and the quality of food options.  In addition to increasing the quantity of men’s rooms, there will be almost four times as many women’s toilets than there were in the old stadium.  We’ve also added family toilets around the stadium.  In addition to doubling the number of concession points-of-sale, fans will also see and taste a greatly improved quality of concessions and food service.  Levy Restaurants will now be in charge of the complete facility.  Some fans have already experienced the increase in quality, and now, Levy will be able to bring their services to the entire stadium.  And if you’ve yet to enjoy Chef Picou’s smoked brisket, you’ve got something to look forward to.

8. Circulation: In the New Kyle Field fans will find it much easier to circulate up and around the stadium. Kyle field now has an “Activation Tower” at each of the four corners.  These towers will be the main entrances and vertical circulation for students and most fans.  The north two towers have escalators and stairs up to each level.  The south two towers have ramps all the way up.  The renovation also added 12 new passenger elevators and two new service elevators.  With the completion of the west side of the stadium, we’ve also added the ability for fans to circulate completely around the stadium on both the 300 level and the 600 level concourses.  This will allow fans to experience all of Kyle Field and not just the area around their seats.

7. 365: although the primary purpose of Kyle Field is to host football games, the stadium has many functions and spaces for use year around enhancing its value to the University. There are several new club spaces on the west side that can be used for parties, banquets, presentations and other special events.  There is a new Barnes and Noble 12th Man Shop that will be open to the public.  The east side of the stadium houses offices for the athletic department and operations.  There is also an auditorium on in the northwest corner of the stadium that will be used for classes and lectures.

6. Plazas: students may also enjoy the many open plazas around the stadium that can be used anytime they need a break or a place outside to study.  The benches in the north plaza even have power for students to plug in their devices.  The west side of the stadium will have a new exterior Victory Street dining that will be used on game day but may also be used for other occasions.

5. Premium Options: there isn’t another stadium in the country with as vast an array of premium seating and amenities. Last year we introduced a new style of suites on the east side. Opening this year will be many new, premium spaces including the All American Club, Founders, Legacy and Prime suites, two new loge areas and an upscale Field Concourse. All of these spaces have their own unique style, yet all in character of A&M and its many traditions.

4. Hall of Champions: Other than the game itself, I believe the Hall of Champions will be the most popular feature of the new stadium. The Hall of Champions is three stories tall and as long as the football field.  It will not only honor A&M’s rich football history, but will celebrate all Aggie sports.  It will contain video and interactive displays that will appeal to fans of all ages.  Most of the displays will be portable because the space is also designed to be used for many other events such as banquets, lectures, parties, and more.  The displays can be easily programed for the particular event.  For example, if Track and Field is having an end-of-the-season banquet, they can put videos on the displays and three large boards and the names of team members on the ribbon board that runs all the way around the space.

3. Traditions: Texas A&M is one of the most tradition-rich universities in the nation. Early on in the design process, we mapped out each and every tradition and discussed, in detail, how we could plan for and enhance the most authentic Aggie traditions –Midnight Yell, March In, the War Hymn, and Yell Leaders are just a few. The plazas around the stadium have sculptures and monuments honoring these traditions. We’ve reinforced what most already know – Texas A&M is a university of tradition.

2. Home Field: we quickly learned Aggie fans don’t just watch the game, they affect it. The enthusiasm and Spirit the 12th Man brings to games is unparalleled.  We wanted to take that enthusiasm and give Kyle Field an even stronger home field advantage.  We started by lowering the playing field seven feet and adding six rows even closer to the action.  The south end zone was closed in with seating bringing fans all around the field.  We added large canopies over the east and west sides of the stadium that provide shade but also redirect all the sound back down onto the field.  These elements are designed to make Kyle Field even more intimidating for visiting teams.

1. A&M Quality: Kyle Field has a long history going back to 1904. The stadium consisted of different buildings constructed over the decades.  Each of these portions which made up the old Kyle Field had different styles and materials with little to no cohesion.  Some of the buildings were outdated and just didn’t reflect the image A&M wanted to portray.  One of our main goals on the project was to keep the areas of the stadium that were working well and add new, modern amenities while tying the whole stadium together with traditional brick and stone.  We wanted the redevelopment of Kyle Field to appropriately represent the strength and quality that A&M expects and deserves.   We were given the goal “to build the finest collegiate football facility in history”.  We think we’ve done it.  Now Aggies have a new home they can be proud of.

Want to know more about the stadium, design and process? Visit www.populous.com/kylefield.

15 Comments

  1. I am so excited to see the new stadium and will do so November 14th when the Aggies play Western Carolina!!

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    Susan Cody
    September 5, 2015
  2. we would not expect anything except the best of the best. Gig ‘Em

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    jerry mccombs
    September 6, 2015
  3. WOW ! I can’t wait to see it. We are flying 2200 miles from Idaho to go to the Nevada game.
    Gig ’em Aggies,
    P. T. Rathbone ’55

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    P. T. Rathbone
    September 7, 2015
  4. Can’t wait till Friday, 9/11. Tired of watching the cams and ready to experience it first hand. Thanks for your hard work over the past 2 years. Incredible what has been accomplished in such a short time.

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    Michael Clapp '84
    September 7, 2015
  5. My Dad, Bruce B, Cloud, graduated from A&M, and my niece is in her 4th year, and will graduate in December 2015. When I see anyone wearing an Aggie ring, or I see a vehicle with an Aggie Decal, I always “Gig’em”, and my heart swells with pride that I KNOW people who went there. Congratulations on this architectural marvel. I can’t wait to see Kyle Field on Saturday. GIG’EM, AGGIES !!

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    karen s cloud
    September 7, 2015
  6. I am so very proud of being an Aggie, of the new Kyle Field and having been there when we were ‘struggling’ without girls, with compulsory military training and a mere 6,000 students. Go Aggies — Somebody had some very OUTSTANDING insight to make it happen and it is all coming together. Thank God for Texas A&M. . . My School.
    Pete Kopecky ’55

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    Pete Kopecky 55 BBA, LLB, JD
    September 7, 2015
  7. At the Proud Father of a Class of 2019 AGGIE, I am humbled by every aspect of the AGGIE Life and experience. GOD has blessed us in bringing us here and Kyle Field is sure to be part of so many great memories we will share with other AGGIES. Thank You to all of You who in great AGGIE tradition, forged the way to greatness, and know that I will make every effort to follow the same.GIG’EM AGGIES, WHOOP.

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    Brian Rodriguez
    September 7, 2015
  8. Beautiful and have enjoyed many games. All I need to know is where are the Revielle’s resting places.? They were gone last year during construction

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    Cathy Holt
    September 8, 2015
  9. Coming down this weekend to cheer on my alma mater, Ball State. Can’t wait to experience a REAL college stadium.

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    Zach
    September 9, 2015
    • I normally don’t comment, but I had to reply to some of the commenters. Zach I hope you have a very special time this weekend. We take a lot of pride in making the other school fans welcome. Just don’t walk on the Grass LOL. Brian I feel your pride and it touched me You are so right, A&M is a very special place, welcome to the Aggie family.

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      Steve Duke '88
      September 11, 2015
  10. So glad to see the results of great planning pay off…it’s a big change from the 70S, and I’m so excited to see the new home for the 12th man..gig ’em!

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    Bob Ramsey
    September 11, 2015
  11. Where is the howitzer being fired from? Hope we don’t have a video again this year. There was no mention of it in the Traditions section of the article.

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    Kevin
    September 11, 2015
  12. I’ve seen Kyle change and progress since 1969, my first year and first game at Kyle. I’ve watched the construction cams regularly, and loved seeing the progress. Now I can’t wait to see it in person. Great JOB !!! for all involved….design, construction, tech, etc. Gig ’em and BTHObs !

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    Mike Williams '73
    September 11, 2015
  13. On our way home from great win over Ball State. So disappointed in the sound system. We have season tickets in 316 in Norrh end zone. We could not understand a single word. Very sad. Come on Ags

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    Vickie Wright
    September 13, 2015
  14. I an sorry that no mention was made of Parsons Mounted Cavalry nor the historic richness it brings to Texas A&M, the March In, and the firing of the Cannon after scoring. With all the electronics and modern marvels of today, how about making room for another part of Texas A&M University’s rich history and include “The Cav”?? It is worth it!

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    M. A. Maedgen Jr., Class of '58
    September 16, 2015

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