Kyle Field Preparations Under Way For Opening Game Against Rice

The renovation project at Kyle Field will take two years to finish and in the short term, visitors to this Saturday's season opener against Rice will find a few changes to the 12th Man Football experience.

Among them, fans will have a different and smaller place to cool down during the game that starts at noon on Saturday.

News 3 took a look at what to expect this weekend.

It's expected to be triple digit temps for the kickoff this weekend so sunscreen and plenty of water is a must.

While getting in and out of the stadium won't change this first game, the last half of the season will be tricky.

Destruction and even construction surrounds the corners of Kyle Field, with the first home football game versus Rice just days away.

"So it's causing us to make a few adjustments to our normal operation on the east side," said Mike Caruso, who is an Associate Athletic Director for Texas A&M.

Caruso says fans will notice some changes Saturday.

As the Read Building is being torn down to make way for stadium renovations, the cooling zone for fans on the east side won't be available inside.

But they are working to remove some outside walls for more air flow and medical teams will be on standby with ice and water.

"We have installed misting fans in the back of all three decks on the back of the east side... As always we're allowing people to bring water into the stadium as long as in a sealed container," said Caruso.

There won't be any changes getting inside the first four games of the season but the last four games, well that's a different story.

During the last half of the season Gate 14 will be closing down completely to students.

Some 15,000 to 20,000 students typically pass through these gates.

Students like Blake Bell have been waiting all year. He just got tickets at the box office.

"Oh I'm ready. I've been dying all season just reading all the news, everything staying on top of it. But yeah I'm ready for all of it. Just to hush get back on the field and do what we do best," said Bell.

Game officials tell us they expect to have the McFerrin indoor track facility open Saturday as a cool zone for people that are overheated and need a place to cool down.

Game Day Information:

Texas A&M vs. Rice

COLLEGE STATION, Texas --- The Texas A&M football team will open its 2013 campaign with a 12 noon contest against the Rice Owls on Saturday at Kyle Field.

With a crowd in excess of 80,000 anticipated and temperatures expected to approach triple digits, here are some reminders and tips for fans:

• The “cool zone” area will be located inside the McFerrin Indoor Track, which is located on the west side of Kyle Field. There are no cool zones on the east side of Kyle Field, however, there will be “mister fans” on all three decks of the east side. Fans are encouraged to protect themselves from the sun with hats and sunblock and to hydrate before and during Saturday’s game.
• Fans can bring an unopened plastic bottle of water. No jugs or coolers are permitted.
• The popular “Spirit Walk” will originate from the Clayton W. Williams Jr. Alumni Center at the corner of George Bush Drive and Houston Street due to construction. The Aggies, along with coaches and staff, will walk from the Alumni Center to Kyle Field. The team is scheduled to arrive two hours and 15 minutes before kickoff. Kids Yell Practice will take place at the Alumni Center Ring Plaza two hours and 30 minutes prior to kickoff.
• Fans can speed up their entry into Kyle Field by not bringing a bag or purse to the stadium. All bags and purses will be inspected at bag check lines, which adds to congestion at the entry gates.
• Due to construction on the student side (east side) of Kyle Field, there are additional emergency exits on the north and side ends of the second deck to the ground.
• For students with mobility issues, the Eagle Scouts shuttle has moved to Gate 1 (was at Gate 14 last year).
• There will be an additional express entry gate (no bags) at the southeast corner of Kyle Field at Gate 3.
• Fans are encouraged to be on the lookout for Mexican free-tailed bats, which are a protected species and call Kyle Field their home. If seen, avoid all contact with the mammal and contact an usher or law enforcement personnel.

Texas A&M, which has a streak of 14 straight sellout games, still has tickets for sale for Saturday’s Aggies vs. Owls contest. Go to the Ticket Center at 12thManFoundation.com or call 1 (888) 99-AGGIE (992-4443) or (979) 846-8892 for tickets.


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