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Bigger and Better
“Some may boast of prowess bold, of the school they think so grand, but there’s a spirit can ne’er be told, it’s the Spirit of Aggieland.”
Kyle Field Redevelopment Project: The brick, glass and limestone facade will exude power, prominence and endurance.
The largest in Texas, the loudest on the planet – these are our goals for the $450 million redevelopment of Kyle Field on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station.
The legendary “Home of the 12th Man,” Kyle Field has served the A&M Aggie football team since 1904, when Edwin Jackson Kyle, an 1899 graduate, a professor of horticulture and the president of the General Athletics Association, fenced off a section of the southwest corner of campus. Using $650 of his own money, Kyle then purchased a covered grandstand from the Bryan fairgrounds and built wooden bleachers to create a seating capacity for 500 people.
The 2013-2015 redevelopment plan recently approved by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents increases the stadium’s capacity to 102,500. This will not only make it the biggest stadium in the Southeastern Conference and in Texas, I’m proud to say it will also create the loudest megaphone on the planet.
The two-phase reconstruction of Kyle Field, designed to minimize the impact on the 2014 football season, will begin in November 2013 and come to a close in time for the August 2015 season. Upgrades will include:
Because at Texas A&M, we don’t watch the game. As The Twelfth Man, we affect the game. See more here in this virtual tour of the new Kyle Field.
Down the road just a bit, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, will be celebrating the opening of the Dr. Jack Dugan Family Soccer & Track Stadium on August 23, 2013. The $9.6 million, 15,300 square-foot facility, which includes a soccer field enclosed by an eight-lane track, will host the inaugural season of the Islanders women’s soccer program and is just one phase of the planned Momentum Sports Complex, part of the campus’ master plan, shown below.
Construction of the Dugan Family Soccer & Track Stadium is nearly complete. The Momentum Sports Complex is also home to the Thomas J. Henry Marquee and the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center.With new sports facilities like these, we will be seeing even more outstanding performances like this past year:
Texas A&M AgriLife Maps Road to End Hunger
As the world’s population continues to grow, the words of the late Dr. Norman Borlaug, “Father of the Green Revolution,” a Nobel Prize winner and a Texas A&M distinguished professor of international agriculture, grow more salient: “The first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind.” For more than a century,Texas A&M AgriLife Research has worked to improve plant, animal and human health. With its current focus on genomic technologies and DNA road maps, AgriLife Research is leading a second Green Revolution to feed the world through a greater understanding of DNA and significant improvements in crops and livestock. For more on how A&M researchers’ genome mapping will help feed the world, read here.
VIDEO: Texas Task Force 1 Answers the Call
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) was activated to assist in search and rescue operations after the April explosion at the fertilizer plant in Waco and after the May tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. The 80-member, Type-1 Urban Search and Rescue Team, consisting of technical and canine search components along with heavy rescue personnel and equipment, is the most active urban search and rescue team in the country, having responded to at least one major disaster each year since its first deployment in 1998, including the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York. Watch more on how the team helps bring closure for those affected by tragedy.
The Chancellor’s Century Council is a group of individuals interested in the future of Texas higher education who provide the chancellor a means to advance the goals and objectives of The Texas A&M University System. Members participate in various A&M System activities across the state and throughout the nation. There are varying membership levels available. Find out how to join.
|The “Sharp’s Solutions” email newsletter is published monthly by the Office of the Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System to inform community and business leaders of the various initiatives of Chancellor John Sharp.|
Sharp Solutions: May 2013 Newsletter
June 5, 2013 By tamus
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