Thousands of Mexican Free-Tail bats have called Kyle Field home for the last 10 years or so, posing health risks, like rabies. With the unveiling of the first phase of the 450-million dollar Kyle Field expansion, Texas A&M officials want the stadium to be a "bat free" zone before the home opener on September 6th.
The bats gravitate to the Zone at Kyle Field and roost in the concrete crevices. Russ Wallace, the Executive Director in Charge of Facilities Planning & Construction at The Texas A&M University System says "Most of them are migratory. About 90 percent of them come and go, but there's about a ten percent population that has taken a permanent residence here."
The mammals leave the rural countryside for the stadium during the spring and summer months and into the fall. A polyethylene bat netting is being installed where the bats hang out. The netting is being draped to allow them to safely get out, but prevent them from coming back in.
The hope is for the bats to simply fly back to their natural habitat in the country, where they are beneficial in eating insects that affect farmers crops.
Wallace says they will install netting after they re-build the west side of the stadium next year in phase two of the expansion.
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