Kyle Field Renovation Plan Revealed in Filing to State

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Documents filed on the Texas comptroller's website show the plan for the renovation of Kyle Field at Texas A&M, which includes football games remaining at the stadium during construction.

The request for proposals from the A&M System has a deadline of December 7 at 2:00 p.m. for companies to bid on the project.

When asked about the report, A&M spokesperson Jason Cook said, "The RFP is based on the current conceptual plan, but is subject to modification as the process continues and the schematic design is developed."

The plan cites "multiple phases" for the project, each with a potential value of up to $225 million, each needing to be completed in eight-month windows.

"The phasing must be scheduled such that Kyle Field can continue to host home football games during the regular collegiate football season(s)," the RFP reads. "Supporting work can continue during the football season so long as it does not materially affect home football games."

Also discussed are "significant structural modifications and additions to the west, south and east side."

As had been previously noted, the west stands would be completely demolished and rebuilt to include suites, boxes, chair-back seating, an open area on the ground level for large gatherings and premium tailgating, and a new press area.

The lower level of the south end of Kyle would have new facilities for the press and the university's 12th Man Productions, along with a locker room and recruiting room, plus some seating. The upper level on the south side would house 12,000 seats, with the potential for 7,000 more in the future.

On the east side, as had been previously noted, the Read Building and G. Rollie White Coliseum would be demolished. The plan calls for the lower seating bowl to be replaced. Twenty suites would also be added.

In addition, the playing field itself would be lowered seven feet and moved 18 feet south.

"The relocation of the field will also improve sightline issues for the north end zone seats and allow for the addition of six rows of seating to be added on the east and north sides of the stadium," the RFP reads.

The completion of the project must take place by August 1, 2016, according to the request.

"The plan must be capable of allowing regular season home football games to be played in the stadium during the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons," reads the request.

Recently, the A&M System Board of Regents voted to move up Phase 1 of the renovation project to the current fiscal year, which ends August 31, 2013. That phase includes the demolition of the Read Building, G. Rollie and the Steed training facility on the southwest side of the stadium, along with the demolition of the west stands. The latter would likely take place after the 2013 season concludes.

A source with knowledge of the discussions between local government leaders and the university system have told News 3 that all talks had been on the premise that games would remain in the area instead of moving to another venue while renovations were done. The business community had feared tens of millions of dollars in losses if games were moved.

News 3 was also first to report a discussed price tag for the project: around $425 million, according to a source, who also stated that the cities of College Station and Bryan and Brazos County had been asked if they could chip in a combined $38 million.

In addition, multiple sources have told News 3 a drawing of the redesign of Kyle Field is in the hands of the System Regents and has been shown to leaders in the university community, but has yet to be released. Populous had been hired by A&M for the design study.

The RFP has a tentative announcement of the short list of firms for the project as December 13, with interviews slated for December 19 and a final selection on January 11.