UPDATED: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 10:06pm
COLLEGE STATION, Tx (KYLE) — Wednesday afternoon the A&M Board of Regents approved the plans for Kyle Field's redevelopment.
And with a price tag of $450 million, it's been said that this project will be one of the largest and most extensive college football stadium redevelopments in history.
"A&M is a megaphone to the world whether you like it or not and so this megaphone we're fixing to build will be the loudest on the planet."
Words spoken by Chancellor John Sharp Wednesday evening during a press conference to announce the design plans for Kyle Field's redevelopment.
It's a makeover unlike any other in collegiate history; increasing stadium seating to 102,500, making Kyle Field not only the largest in the state but the largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference.
"I didn't know that," laughed Chancellor Sharp. "That was a recommendation from the architect, 102, 500 is what they recommended to us."
Home to the 12th Man, the new designs reflect A&M's core values and to honor those deeply rooted traditions the redevelopment will take place in two major phases.
"The Aggies have played football at Kyle Field for a really long time and we wanted to sustain that as part of the history and tradition here so we're playing football while we construct the building," said the chief architect, Earl Santee.
Significant renovations include: the reconstruction of the east and west sides, the enclosing of the south endzone and the lowering of the football field to make the noise level in Kyle Field even more intimidating for opponents.
"Athletics is a very important way that universities like Texas A&M are able to present themselves to the world," President R. Bowen Loftin said. "It isn't the be all end all of the university but it is in fact a way people see us."
Making A&M even more visible to the world with their crown jewel of a stadium.
Renovations are expected to be completed by August 2015.