by Travis Normand
The new plans/design for Texas A&M’s Kyle Field renovation have been approved and completion of the project should be in August 2015.
You can see the plans for this project by “Googling” Kyle Field, or you can visit sites like AggieAthletics.com and/or TexAgs.com. Both of these sites, along with many others, have extensive coverage of this topic, so there is no need for me to re-hash the details here.
However, I did want to take a second to point out one simple thing. In an article that appeared on TexAgs.com (by Olin Buchanan on May 1, 2013) it said that:
The project will include a new brick facade with exterior plazas that will provide a much more aesthetic appearance and enhance stadium access.
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Further, in a post by Kate Hairopoulos at CollegeSportsBlog.DallasNews.com, she wrote a summary of what the “new” Kyle Field would feature:
Here’s a quick-hit summary:
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*Traditional brick, glass and limestone facade
What do both of these written accounts have in common? They both state that Kyle Field will be given a brick exterior!
Note: In the video above, it mentions the brick exterior at the 1:06 minute mark.
This is a huge deal for a couple of reasons: (1) because I am sure the new brick exterior will look very nice, and (2) when I worked for Texas A&M, I caught a lot of heat for saying things like “I really hate that they used aluminum siding for the exterior of the Zone (North Endzone building).”
Yes, both employees and fans alike used to tell me that “I had no idea what I was talking about” when I would mention how much better a brick exterior would have looked (instead of what appeared to be aluminum siding).
It’s good to see that someone has finally come to their senses — too bad it took them almost 10 years to do so.
Most people are clueless when it comes to what is pleasing to the eye. They probably thought you were just running it down, and in some circles, any criticism at all is forbidden. But you are right, the brick exterior will enhance how it looks. This is one of the reasons I like the new updates. My post tomorrow will mention it, but it moves away from the concret-utilitarian look of the 1960s-1970s that was so popular at stadiums built during that period. Most of those stadiums have been either blown up, or are in disrepair. Think Texas Stadium, the Astrodome, Three-Rivers Stadium, etc. Let’s face it, after 50 years of use, no one thought they were worth keeping or renovating.
The new Kyle Field, or renovated Kyle Field will keep the tradition and make it pleasing on the eyes.
I agree. If you criticize anything at A&M, people get pretty upset…however, when the administration decides to make the exact same change, they call it “genius”!
Well then, accept the label you deserve. 🙂
haha….I wouldn’t go that far. But thanks!