The Texas A&M Aggies enjoyed a fantastic first season in the Southeastern Conference.
The Aggies finished in third place in the SEC West at 6-2, tied with LSU, and had an overall record of 11-2. Texas A&M also beat No. 11 Oklahoma in the AT&T Cotton Bowl 41-13.
In addition to the team’s success, quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy after throwing for 3,706 yards and turning the SEC on its ear.
Now that Texas A&M has joined arguably the most powerful football conference in the country, and proved it belongs there, it’s time for the Aggies to start competing with the conference’s school in matters that mean the most.
Texas A&M learned Wednesday that the A&M System Board of Regents approved a $450 million renovation of Kyle Field that will add just fewer than 20,000 seats and push Texas A&M’s home field to a capacity of 102,500.
The Aggies will join an exclusive club of six college football stadiums that enjoy six-figure seating capacities.
Michigan leads the way at 109,901 and the following five are: Penn State (106,572), Tennessee (102,455), Ohio State (102,329), Alabama (101,821) and Texas (100,119).
Two facts jump out at the new Kyle Field, which will be college football’s seventh behemoth, set to be completed by the 2015 football season.
First, Kyle Field at 102,500 seats will be the SEC’s largest stadium. It will also be the largest stadium in Texas, edging out Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium by 1,381 seats.
Should the new unofficial motto of the state be “Everything’s bigger at Texas A&M?”