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Kyle Field

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Home of the 12th Man
Location 198 Joe Routt Boulevard
College Station, TX 77843

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Owner Texas A&M University
Operator Texas A&M University
Capacity 102,512 (2015–present)[1]
106,511 (2014)[2]
82,589 (2012–2013)[3]
83,002 (2008–2011)[4]
82,600 (2001–2007)
80,650 (1999–2000)
58,292 (1998)
70,210 (1992–1997)
72,387 (1982–1991)
70,016 (1980–1981)
54,000 (1977–1979)
48,000 (1967–1976)
41,500 (1953–1966)
40,000 (1949–1952)
32,890 (1927–1948)
Record attendance 110,631[5]
Surface Tifway Bermuda Grass - (1996–Present)
AstroTurf - (1969–1995)
Natural grass - (1927–1968)
Broke ground May 1927
Opened September 24, 1927
Renovated 1953, 1967, 2003, 2014
Expanded 1953, 1967, 1980, 2000, 2014
Architect F. E. Geisecke (original structure)[6]

Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (North Endzone addition, 1978 Expansion, 1966 Expansion)
General contractor J. E. Johnson Construction Co. (original construction)[7]
Texas A&M Aggies football (NCAA) (1904–present)

Kyle Field is the football stadium located on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. It has been the home to the Texas A&M Aggie football team in rudimentary form since 1904, and as a complete stadium since 1927. It is known as Home of the 12th Man. The seating capacity of 102,512 in 2015 makes the stadium the largest in the Southeastern Conference and the fourth largest stadium in the NCAA, fifth largest stadium in the United States, and the seventh largest non-racing stadium in the world. Within the state of Texas, Kyle Field has the largest regular seating capacity, while AT&T Stadium has a larger overall capacity.[3]

Kyle Field's largest game attendance was 110,631 people when Texas A&M lost to the Ole Miss Rebels with the score of 20–35 on October 11, 2014.[5] This is the largest football game attendance in the state of Texas and SEC history.


Kyle Field ca. 1920


In the fall of 1904, Edwin Jackson Kyle, an 1899 graduate of Texas A&M and professor of horticulture, was named president of the General Athletics Association. Kyle wanted to secure and develop an athletic field to promote the school's athletics. Texas A&M was unwilling to provide funds, so Kyle fenced off a section of the southwest corner of campus that had been assigned to him for agricultural use.[8] Using $650 of his own money, he purchased a covered grandstand from the Bryan fairgrounds and built wooden bleachers to raise the seating capacity to 500 people.[9][10]

On November 10, 1904, the Texas A&M Board of Directors set this area as a permanent athletic field,[11] which served as the home for the football and baseball teams. After the stands were built, students supported naming the field after its founder and builder.[12] Although some believe that the field was instead named after Dr. J. Allen Kyle, a member of the Board of Directors from 1911–1915, the Board of Directors decreed that Kyle Field was in fact named for E.J. Kyle '99.[13]

In 1921, the November game between the Texas A&M Aggies and their archrival the University of Texas at Kyle Field became the first college football game to offer a live, play-by-play broadcast.[14]

Facility improvements

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An expanded Kyle Field with three decks and a new field lighting system in 2007

The Aggies enjoyed an undefeated season in 1919, accumulating a combined score of 275–0. Aggie supporters began to clamor for a stadium, but only $2,400 was raised by 1920. In 1927, the school chose to build a new stadium, at a cost of $345,001.67.[15]

The new stadium—the lower half of the current structure's west grandstand—opened later that year. In 1929, grandstands were added on the north and west ends, turning the facility into a 33,000-seat horseshoe. Capacity was raised to 41,500 in 1953 when a partial second deck and a pressbox were added at a cost of $346,000. More of second deck and other improvements were added in 1967 to raise the capacity to 48,000 at a cost of $1,840,000.[16] In 1974, two large flagpoles were added at the south end of the stadium in memory of Lt. William B. Blocker, Texas A&M class of 1945.

Expansion continued in 1980, when a third deck was added to Kyle Field, bringing the capacity to 70,000. Construction took place during the football season, and students were allowed into the area as each row of seating was added. In 1981, Script error: No such module "convert".-high letters spelling out "KYLE FIELD" were installed.

The Bernard C. Richardson Zone was added in 1999 at a cost of $32.9 million[17] raising the capacity to 82,600. For high-demand games, temporary bleachers are installed in the south end zone and folding chairs are placed on the sidelines. In the fall of 2003, the Bright Football Complex was completed on the south end of the stadium. The facility (named for its principal donor, former Dallas Cowboys owner Bum Bright) includes a players' lounge overlooking Kyle Field, dressing rooms, one of the largest training and rehabilitation facilities in the country, and a state-of-the-art academic center.[5]

The field had a grass surface until 1969, when Astroturf was installed.[16] It returned to a grass surface in 1996.[5] Since that time, the turf has consistently received praise from players and coaches. For their efforts, the groundskeepers were honored in 2004 as the winners of the STMA College Football Field of the Year.[18]

2013-2015 Renovation

On May 1, 2013, the Board of Regents at Texas A&M approved a $450 million renovation of Kyle Field. The renovation will raise the official seating capacity to 102,500 people, making it the largest football stadium in Texas and the SEC (surpassing Neyland Stadium by 45 seats) and the fourth largest in the country.[19]

The renovation will be done in phases and began immediately after the conclusion of the 2013 season in November. The stadium renovation will be fully complete by the beginning of the 2015 season. There will be two separate phases of construction. Per local media, KBTX, major milestones for the Kyle Field project are as follows, with construction sequenced and phased to allow the playing of regular home football games in the stadium for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons.

  • Phase I (November 2013): Demolition of the first deck of the east side of the stadium, re-construction of the first deck, and construction of the south endzone, which will include seating, media interview areas, 12th Man Productions and related gameday support, a commissary and recruiting area.
  • Phase II (November 2014): Demolition of the entire west side of the stadium, complete construction of the south endzone, and re-construction of the west side.
  • Grand Opening (August 2015)

Other significant items included in the scope of work for the Kyle Field redevelopment include:

  • Demolition of the Read Building, G. Rollie White Coliseum and the Netum Steed strength and conditioning facility, all of which are adjacent to or part of Kyle Field;
  • Construction of a new strength and conditioning laboratory training area on the university’s west campus;
  • Lowering of the playing field by approximately 7 feet and relocation of the playing surface approximately 18 feet to the south so as to allow an additional six rows of seating around the stadium;
  • Relocation of the existing south end zone scoreboard and video board reusing appropriate components to provide a scoreboard facility on the exterior of the north end zone structure. New interior scoreboard locations will be established in the south end zone and the northeast and northwest corners of the developed stadium;
  • Construction of widened tree-lined walkways along both side of Houston Street from George Bush Drive to the stadium east mall area;
  • The new "South Side Upper Level" (with addition of an upper seating deck and concourse), has an estimated seating capacity of 12,000 with the future potential of an additional 7,000 seats; seating to be located both below and above the new upper concourse

Notable events

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Red, White, and Blue Out following September 11 attacks

On November 26, 1999, just one week after the collapse of the Aggie Bonfire, the Aggies beat the fifth-ranked Texas Longhorns 20–16 in an emotional comeback game before a then-record crowd of 86,128.[20][21] Another notable event occurred on September 22, 2001, 11 days after the September 11 attacks and the first game for the Aggies after the attacks, where the students organized a "Red, White and Blue-Out". Students assigned each deck a different color (red on third deck, white on second deck, and blue on first deck) to wear for the game against Oklahoma State. Despite the short notice, attendees followed the instructions, resulting in a red, white, and blue stadium. More than $150,000 was raised in shirt sales, which was donated to FDNY charities.[22]

Texas A&M's last Big 12 Conference football game and the last scheduled game against the University of Texas Longhorns occurred on November 24, 2011. The Aggies lost 25–27 when Longhorn kicker Justin Tucker made a 40-yard field goal as time expired.

Texas A&M's first Southeastern Conference (SEC) football game occurred on September 8, 2012 against the University of Florida Gators. The Aggies lost 17–20 to Florida.

Intimidating venue

Kyle Field has at times been regarded as one of the most intimidating college football stadiums in the nation by various media outlets and sportswriters.[23][24][25] Contributing to its reputation in the 1990s, Texas A&M boasted one of the nation's best home records at 55–4–1, including 31 straight wins at Kyle Field from 1990 to 1995 and 22 straight from 1996 to 2000. From 2000 through 2014, however, the record of Texas A&M at Kyle Field is 65–35 (a winning percentage of 65.0%, down from 93.2% in the 1990s).[26] Through November 27, 2014, the overall Kyle Field record at the site of the playing field is 397–159–19 (70.7%) while the overall record since the stadium's construction in 1927 is 296–145–12 (66.7%).[27]

Stadium features

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Bernard C. Richardson Zone

Bernard C. Richardson Zone

The Bernard C. Richardson Zone, named for a 1941 petroleum engineering graduate and a Texas A&M Distinguished Alumnus, is located at the North end of Kyle Field, replacing the former single-deck horseshoe which connected the east and west wings of the stadium. This $32.9 million expansion added over 20,000 seats, and sits Script error: No such module "convert". closer to the field than the previous seating. The Zone unofficially opened for the memorial vigil following the 1999 Texas A&M Bonfire Collapse, and then at full capacity the next day for the grudge match against the University of Texas, setting a then-state-record of 86,128 fans attending. For the next several years the Aggies saw consecutive record-breaking attendance figures for the season.[5][17]

The ground level of The Zone contains the Texas A&M Sports Museum, the nation's only all-sports museum funded primarily by former athletes (The Texas A&M Letterman's Association). The museum contains rotating exhibits focusing on various varsity sports at Texas A&M, while permanent exhibits trace the history of the school sports and some of the more treasured traditions.[28]

The Zone contains four levels of seating areas, with the first and fourth deck containing bench seating. One deck is comprised completely of luxury boxes, while the last deck is armchair seating. Known as The Zone Club, the 1900 open-air armchair seats are considered the premier seating area of Kyle field. The Zone Club sits underneath the fourth deck, meaning the inhabitants are protected from rain, wind, and the blazing Texas sun. The area boasts a full-service bar and concession areas, with a pre-game buffet offered for those with seats in the area. The Zone Club also has sixteen televisions stationed in various areas so that attendees can also keep an eye on other games being played around the country.[29]

Press box

Press box located on top of west deck

The Kyle Field press box is located at the top of the west deck of the stadium, sitting over Script error: No such module "convert". above the field. The pressbox has two tiers, accommodating over 250 members of the press, with print journalists stationed in the upper tier and radio and television journalists sitting in the lower tier.[5]

During the singing of the Aggie War Hymn, in which Aggie fans link arms and sway in unison throughout the stadium, it is rumored that the entire west upper deck (including the press box) actually sways, even though the press box is supported by three concrete pillars. This often startles journalists who haven't covered an Aggie home game before.[30][31] In 2003, the Press Box was declared a high-rise building, and Texas A&M was forced to renovate it to meet federal, state, and local regulations regarding fire safety and the Americans with Disabilities Act.[32]

12th Man TV

During the 2006 offseason, the older Jumbotron was removed and replaced by a Script error: No such module "convert". Mitsubishi Diamond Vision enhanced resolution LED videoboard in the south end zone, at the time the second largest in college athletics and one of the ten largest in the world. The Texas A&M Athletic Department has dubbed the new screen "12th Man TV", although some fans refer to it as the "Gigatron".[33] The Script error: No such module "convert". tall structure contains 590,000 pixels on 154 video panels with a screen size of Script error: No such module "convert".. The athletic department also updated the media equipment to allow production and broadcast of enhanced definition video to the screen. This addition to Kyle Field was accompanied by LED ribbon boards installed along the facade of the second deck encircling the stadium. At Script error: No such module "convert"., it is the second longest ribbon board in collegiate sports and second worldwide only to Sun Life Stadium in Miami.[33] In conjunction with this project, additional upgrades included video board upgrades to Reed Arena and Olsen Field.

Unveiled in September 2014, a LED videoboard that is 47 by 163 ft Script error: No such module "convert". was installed at the south end zone above the new seating, and will remain the largest in college athletics until Auburn University finishes the installation of a 56'x200' LED videoboard which will be completed in August 2015.[34]

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Reveille cemetery as seen from Kyle Field


When the first Aggie mascot, Reveille, died, she was buried at the north end of Kyle Field so that the score of the Aggie football games was always visible from the site. Subsequent Reveilles were buried alongside her. Construction of the Bernard C. Richardson Zone disrupted the mascot graves, so the graves were temporarily moved across the street from the stadium. Following the completion of the addition, an improved graveyard was dedicated directly outside the Zone and a small electronic scoreboard was mounted on the Zone so that the score would remain visible.[35] Traditionally, when a current or former Reveille passed away, a military funeral was held at Kyle Field. Over 10,000 people attended the service for Reveille IV.[36] In 2013, Reveille VII, who was retired in May 2008, was instead given a toned down memorial service at Reed Arena, rather than a funeral service.[37][38][39] According to the Commandant of the Corps, as she is a dog, not a person, he did not believe a 21 gun salute or the playing of "Taps" was appropriate, although he had no involvement in the planning of the memorial service.[39] Some fans were displeased with the changes.[39] It was also announced that the bodies of the previous Reveilles will be exhumed as part of the Kyle Field renovations and relocated across the street, similar to what was done in the previous renovations.[39]

Other events held at Kyle Field

During summers, young athletes are invited to Kyle Field for football training camps. In the fall, the stadium plays host to various Texas high school football playoff games. The stadium is the home to the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets annual Parent's Weekend Review and Final Review.[18] From 1990-2013 it was the venue for the "Cross-Town Showdown" high school football game between the Bryan Vikings and the A&M Consolidated Tigers, arguably the most popular game of the Vikings/Tigers football season. Traditionally the last game of each team's football schedule, beginning in the 2006 season, Texas A&M University requested that the game be held earlier in the year so not to interfere with Aggie games. In 2013 due to the renovations including a new turf field; Texas A&M requested the Bryan Vikings vs. A&M Consolidated game be held at their home fields beginning 2014 until the renovations are completed. Kyle Field also hosts the Texas A&M University football team for the Maroon & White practice scrimmage during Parent's Weekend each spring.

Top 10 Largest Crowds

Rank Date Attendance Opponent A&M's Result
1 October 11, 2014 110,631 #3 Ole Miss L, 20–35
2 November 27, 2014 105,829 LSU L, 17–23
3 November 15, 2014 104,756 Missouri L, 27–34
4 September 6, 2014 104,728 Lamar W, 73–3
5 September 13, 2014 103,867 Rice W, 38–10
6 November 1, 2014 100,922 Louisiana–Monroe W, 21–16
7 November 20, 2010 90,079 #9 Nebraska W, 9–6
8 November 24, 2011 88,654 #25 Texas L, 25–27
9 November 9, 2013 88,504 Mississippi State W, 51–41
10 November 23, 2007 88,253 #11 Texas W, 38–30


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