COLLEGE STATION, Nov. 30, 2007 —Welcoming the opportunity to stand as the 12th Man even during a season that didn’t meet all of their always-high expectations, the Texas A&M student body piled into Kyle Field at near-record numbers, ending the “Coach Fran” era on a high in the stands as well as on the field.
The Aggies’ regular-season-ending game with the Texas Longhorns this year set an overall Kyle Field record of 88,253, eclipsing the previous record of 87,555 established at the game with UT in 2001. The total attendance for Aggie home games this year was 575,450, also a record.
The “ticket pull”—the number of tickets distributed to current students—totaled 217,499 for the Aggies’ seven home games, according to figures provided by the 12th Man Foundation, which handles ticket sales and distribution for the Athletic Department. The per-game attendance average in the student sections was 31,071, including guests and students who did not exercise their ticket options at the start of the season. Students exercising their ticket options at the start of the season totaled 30,094, only slightly below the 31,394 level in 1992, when electronic distribution of tickets made tracking more accurate.
The big student turnout for games this season was certainly noted and appreciated by Athletic Director Bill Byrne. “I want to personally thank our Aggie students, the true 12th Man,” he said. “I am so proud of them for the way they stood ready and supported our football team throughout this season. I know that support is greatly appreciated by our players, coaches and staff.”
Byrne noted that scores of Aggies pitched tents at the north end of Kyle Field several days before the ticket pull for the game with the Texas Longhorns to ensure they got the first shot at choice seats. “Their around-the-clock wait—with at least one Aggie in each tent at all times while others went to class or elsewhere—paid off handsomely with the Nov. 23 Aggie victory,” he said.
Some tents also were pitched for games earlier in the season.