The way Kyle Field is secured may be changing for this coming football season.
As part of its charge to cut costs, the Texas A&M athletics department is looking at reducing the number of armed personnel at games.
The department stresses there would not be a reduction in uniformed security with any plan it ends up approving. However, officials say it costs more to hire an armed officer than one that's unarmed, so A&M may increase the number of people they use through its private security firm, Contemporary Services Corporation.
Officials with A&M say if they do make changes, they would not sacrifice the safety of patrons at the games. For example, Aggie athletics is looking at whether an armed guard is needed at the entrance to the press box area, or if an unarmed guard can take care of that.
A&M hires local officers to help with security, including from Bryan and College Station's police departments, the Brazos County Sheriff's Office and Blinn College, plus A&M's University Police Department, which leads the security efforts at Kyle.
Officials at CSPD say usually nine to ten officers are utilized outside the stadium for traffic control, and a between 20 and 25 work inside the stadium.
Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk said 20 to 25 deputies work inside the stadium each game.
In past year, officials at Blinn say four or five officers have worked games in past years.
Texas A&M Interim President Bowen Loftin has asked the athletics department to trim its budget to get out of red ink it has been in for the past few years. As part of that effort, the department recently eliminated 17 positions.