Kyle Field Capacity To Temporarily Increase To 109,000 For 2014 Season

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In two years, Kyle Field will become the largest football stadium in the state with space for nearly 103,000 fans.

Thursday night the College Station City Council got their first formal look at the redevelopment project with a presentation by Texas A&M officials.

News 3 has learned that stadium capacity will actually increase temporarily to 109,000 during the 2014 season.

Since all the homes games will still be happening here over the next two seasons capacity will swell in 2014 as improvements come across the stadium including the opening of the new south and east side projects.

But that number will drop when the new west side is built.

Kyle Field will also become an even more intimidating place to play.

The new and improved Saturday shrine of Kyle Field has the close attention of Aggies everywhere and the College Station City Council.

Thursday night they were briefed formally on the $450 million facelift.

That will include capacity temporarily rising to 109,000 after the first phase finishes.

"It will be a very intimidating venue even more so than it is now," said
Phillip Ray, the Chief Business Development Officer for the A&M System.

"That's huge and so the 2014 season when we win our national championship or our second national championship there'll be 109,000 in the stands. So we're excited about that," he added.

They will also be adding canopies over the student section and other areas for protection from the sun and to make noise louder.

"It's not a very well kept secret but yes," Ray confirmed.

Shannon Overby with the Bryan / College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau says the twin cities and county are agreeing to use hotel occupancy tax funds supplying $1.2 million a year for the project,.

"So what is being proposed is an increase of hotel occupancy tax for 30 years, so it's ¾ of a percent added on to the existing 15 percent that we already have," Overby said.

Mayor Nancy Berry says the city will be contributing through hotel tax occupancy tax funds but jokes about special seats.

"City's not getting a suite. No, no we're not doing that!," she said.

College Station City Council has reserves in their hotel occupancy tax funds and will help split the difference of that $1.2 million mark if yearly HOT tax funds fall short.

Governor Rick Perry is expected to approve raising the hotel occupancy tax rate for this project.

The first phase of renovations will finish in time for the 2014 season while all construction should end by November 2015.