Posted on: September 30, 2011 12:02 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2011 12:03 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Big changes are afoot in College Station at Texas A&M. Not only is the school getting prepared to move to the SEC next season, but it also has its own Gatorade now. That's what you make the move to the SEC for, Gatorade. Oh, and money too, definitely money.
Of course there's that old saying that if you want to make money, you have to spend money first, and it sounds like Texas A&M has found a way to spend some money. Thanks to a sudden surge of interest in the football program due to the announced move to the SEC, the school now has plans to expand Kyle Field.
"The plans that we had actually reduced Kyle Field's capacity, as we added more club seating and things along those lines," Miles Marks, the president of the 12th Man Foundation told the San Antonio Express-News. "But that doesn't work when you're already sold out — plus when you know you'll be having more (opposing) fans coming in. It made us rethink what we're going to do with Kyle Field.
"Everything has been pulled off the table. We were going to reduce its size — now we're going to grow it."
What exactly that growth means, the school isn't sure yet. President R. Bowen Loftin said original plans were to begin the renovations at the end of the 2012 season, but now the school will likely put anything off until 2013. Marks says that while the plans aren't decided, "nothing is off the table" and some believe it's possible that the renovations will be so complete that the Aggies will need to spend a season playing in Houston's Reliant Stadium.
Which, were I a Texas A&M fan, I might have a problem with. Sure, the initial joy of moving to the SEC is substantial right now, but considering that Texas A&M is already going to be saying goodbye to a lot of its traditional rivalries in the Big 12, the thought of losing a season at Kyle Field to play in an NFL stadium would be a bit much.