It’s a true legend of collegiate football in the US. Now reinvented, Texas Aggies home is among the world’s grandest sports stadiums.
Everything is bigger in Texas. That’s obviously a stereotype, but one that seems to be confirmed by local football stadiums, including Kyle Field. After extensive reconstruction its capacity grew to almost 103,000.
And not just as a manifestation of power, rather in response to actual demand. When reopened, it was sold out within 18 minutes! Not enough to convince you to vote for it as Stadium of the Year? Then read further…
Kyle Field will celebrate 90 years of history next year. So why would we include it among 22 stadiums built in 2015? Because the north and east stands were upgraded, while south and west sections were rebuilt from scratch. Altogether the project consumed $450 million!
The visual outcome is majestic and so was the goal of Populous, architects working on this design. Not only did they follow the university’s guidelines, but also surveyed 24,000 fans/students to check their expectations. The outcome allowed the team to sell all premium products within two weeks and more than $225 million in value (recouping half of the project’s value!).
The key of improving Kyle Field’s identity was the creation of new facades. Clad with bricks, decorated by colonnades and arcades, the stadium fits into the university’s campus much better, becoming a true temple for sport. Behind the new facades there’s extensive commercial infrastructure, including the Champions Hall, covering 30,000 square feet in the west stand.