TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY - Thursday, the massive scoreboard that will overlook a newly-redeveloped Kyle Field at Texas A&M will have its first panels added.
A&M System Chancellor John Sharp, as he has over the course of the construction, said Wednesday the redevelopment project is on time and on budget as the September 6 home opener against Lamar approaches. Sharp appeared on First News at Four Wednesday.
The large cranes that towered over Kyle for weeks have been moved from the center of the stadium. Thursday's big step will be to begin adding panels on the 7,600 square-foot scoreboard, which the university believes will be the largest in the NCAA. That process will take a few weeks.
Also happening now at Kyle:
- putting finishing touches on the east side and brick exterior
- bleacher seating being installed on top of concrete in south end zone
- installation of drainage for the field begins in about a week-and-a-half
- finishing the suites on the east side is on deck
Sharp says the absolute worst-case scenario for not being completed by the opening game would be that food carts would be needed in the south end if food stands aren't done, but Sharp believes the east and south side renovations will be completed before game day.
After this season is played, the west side of the stadium is currently scheduled to be imploded on Sunday, December 14.
Also, Sharp said the search for a new president of Texas A&M continues. Interviews of candidates are still on-going at this point. No time table is being given.
Tuesday marked 300 days since Sharp announced a search committee to find the permanent replacement for R. Bowen Loftin, who is now at the University of Missouri.
Mark Hussey is serving as the interim president. Sharp praised Hussey's work in his temporary role. Hussey has said he does not want the job permanently.