Oxford Economics: BCS would lose $86M if A&M home games are moved

POSTED: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 4:48pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 9:24am

Gameday weekends in College Station mean big bucks for the local economy.

But what would happen if those home games weren't played in Aggieland?

That's what may happen while Kyle Field is undergoing rennovations so a private firm was recently hired by the BCS Chamber and Convention and Visitors Bureau to look at how much would be lost if the team played out of town.

Texas Aggieland Bookstore owner, John Raney, says gameday weekends are some of the busiest of the year.

"Those are gigantic days for us. It's our Christmas."

But that could change for local business owners if University officials decide to play off campus while Kyle Field is rennovated.

Adam Sacks with Oxford Economics says in one year alone more than $86 million would be lost and nearly a thousand jobs cut in Brazos County if games were moved to another city.

"The effects are widespread, affecting a lot of different entities."

Texas Aggieland Bookstore estimates that if home games were moved away, they would lose up to $300,000 in sales.

"The economic impact that was presented to me today is frightening for our business community," said Raney.

A&M officials were not present at today's meeting but we were issued a statement from Chancellor John Sharp stating:

"I have not had the opportunity to review the report, but look forward to assessing the estimates. Kyle Field and Texas A&M football are very important to the students, faculty, staff, former students and community. It is important that all of us work together to continue their success."

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