Kyle Field Redevelopment
The redevelopment of Kyle Field is the nation’s largest collegiate athletic expansion project, redefining what is possible in sports facility enhancement and serving as the benchmark for future university stadium projects. Steeped in traditions that span generations, Kyle Field is a source of pride for thousands of Aggies across the country and a critical economic driver for the surrounding College Station community. Rather than demolish their aging giant to build a new stadium on another site, Texas A&M preserved their proud history with a more sustainable (and technically challenging) approach by commissioning an unprecedented redesign of their home field. Construction was completed in only two off-seasons, allowing the Aggies to maintain their impressive home field advantage throughout the project and avoid $86M in temporary relocation costs.
One of the most complex sports projects ever attempted and with one of the most complicated seating bowl structures in the nation, Kyle Field presented the massive design challenges of a significant new sports stadium with the intricate and often unforeseen difficulties of a major renovation. Walter P Moore demonstrated engineering excellence and ingenuity at a record pace, using an integrated engineering approach. The engineering work is largely visible to the public with vast column-free spaces, soaring cantilevers, and towering scoreboards. Improvements to fan experience for safety, circulation, and comfort include structural repairs throughout, widened concourses, additional restrooms and concessions, and “cool zones” designed to combat the Texas heat.
Graceful and innovative support systems for multi-level grandstands resist the substantial dynamic loading of a fervent Aggie crowd. Twin canopies atop either side of the stadium provide shade, support the suspended press box, and amplify the intimidating crowd noise. Both phases of the massive project were completed on schedule and within budget. With its grand re-opening at the start of the 2015 football season, the rebuilt stadium enjoys rave reviews from the fans, players, former students, and the media.