Even though I lived around a city of burnt orange during my five-year residence in Austin, Texas, I have to admit that I had a well-hidden Aggies football shirt in my dresser the entire time (don’t worry UT fans, I still have my Longhorn garb, too).
And after watching the first-person video of the football team’s run out, I’m ready to don some maroon again.
Their newly renovated stadium will definitely house a few more fans, which now holds 102,500 seats – currently the biggest stadium in the South Eastern Conference – edging out Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee by a mere fifty seats.
The Aggies christened the new ground this past Saturday with their first home game win against Ball State with a score of 56-23.
Kyle Field created a website while the renovations were underway. Under the FAQ tab, the site states their goal for building the stadium “is to build the greatest venue in the history of college football.” To achieve this concept, the field underwent $450 million dollars in reformations.
One of the most noted developments of the revamped stadium is the fact that it was lowered, its seats moved closer to the field, and two massive canopies erected to shade the fans. The effect? A louder and rowdier crowd, and a daunting experience for their opponents.
After seeing the stadium from the view atop a player’s helmet, I can definitely feel the adrenaline they get from stepping on their enormous new battleground.
The new stadium will be on display again Saturday morning, September 19th on SEC Network as the Aggies take on the University of Nevada’s Wolf Pack.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports