A&M Officials: Bigger, Better Kyle Field Sure to Please

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas As phase one of a multi-million dollar construction project at Texas A&M University's Kyle Field nears completion, officials say college fans from near and far will soon flock to the new stadium.

Officials with A&M revealed new details about the $450 million project at a press conference on Tuesday.

The stadium will hold 102,500 fans, and A&M Chancellor John Sharp said they're working hard to make sure every aspect of the game experience is a better one.

"Women's rest rooms will double, and overall concession size will double," said Sharp.

A&M Interim President Dr. Mark Hussey said fans will have a lot to look forward to.

"This will be a must-see venue for not only Aggies, but for all college football fans," said Hussey. "Matter of fact, I can see this being on every college football fan's bucket list."

A lowered field and two canopies over the east and west sides of the stadium will serve to keep noise from those fans focused on the field.

"The Seattle Seahawks used a similar concept on their stadium, and this year, they were able to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the loudest stadium," said Craig Kaufman with Populous Design. "And I know for sure, you guys are as loud as they are."

Something else fans are sure not to miss, the giant 47X163-foot score board. When it goes online in the 2014 season, A&M officials say it will be the largest score board for any dedicated college football stadium.

Dennis Christiansen with the A&M Transportation Institute said plans are in the works to make traveling to and from the game easier.

"As of today, no firm decisions have been made," said Christiansen. "But we will be proposing a lot of significant changes, and are working with our partners to make that happen."

Among those proposed changes, dedicated traffic control. Chrstiansen said sections of roads like Wellborn and Discovery Drive could have some or all of their lanes reversed to accommodate game-day traffic.

Bus service could also be expanded, with mostly bus-only streets on game days.

Christiansen said they're working on a game day app. that would allow users to access real-time traffic, parking and transportation concerns. Users could also pay for parking online, and get estimates on travel time to the stadium.

Shuttle busses to and from Downtown Bryan are also being considered.

Officials said they're working with both AT&T and Verizon for better cell phone reception in the stadium.

Sharp said traditions are a big concern with the new design.

"On the first row of the second level, right on the 50-yard line, there will be 12 seats that will remain empty forever," said Sharp. "Those seats will be empty and symbolic for the 12th Man."

Phase two of the plan is scheduled to start at the end of the 2013 football season.