You know what they say... if you're not first, you're last.
OT: Kyle Field Expanding to 102,500 Capacity
That doesn't make any sense at all. You could be second, third, fourth...hell, you could even be fifth!
Is just the first loser.
I just had a No Fear tee shirt flashback.
This exchange saddens me. I've been holding on to the "WE're #2!!!!" thing since April 8th! Guess I should drop it. sad face.
I just wanted to commend you on your use of a Gravity Falls avatar. Why you ackin' so cray-cray?
I was HIGH when I said that
The NASCAR/SEC corollary is "If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'".
What about all of those participation trophies I have won? Don't those mean anything?
That must be an awesome seat
we're talking defense contract level seating. Maybe they are made of carbon fiber and lightweight alloy, and have an ejection feature for quicker exit at the end of the game.
True all that, however, they are still stuck in College Station or whatever its called. In the middle of nowhere. Austin it aint.
Johnny Manziel only steps foot in College Station on gamedays. The rest of the week he practices and takes classes from his Corperate building.
That A&M and their corperate focus.
Gig em indeed.
he meant copulate building?
Says someone who obviously hasn't been there. That's one of my favorite college towns, hands down.
This is true, Station is a great town, but A&M people are Texas Spartans, having the same world view as a little brother from another mother. That and their goddam rings.
I'm a professor here because its one of the few good nuclear engineering programs (not as good as UM of course) and it is a total Spartan vibe: they have such vitriol for UT. The fight song is all about beating them for chrissakes. Whereas, UT considers Oklahoma to be their rival. I feel like I'm in bizarro world.
TAMU has their name with that Texas drawl ... "Eeaae-un-eeyum".
I live and work in Houston and there are so many Aggies surrounding me, right now. They are the Sparty of Texas.
My son got his Phd in Nuclear Chemistry from A&M. He chose them because they have their own cyclotron.
Bizzaro world? You mean like when a school in the middle of the state has such vitriol for a school "up north". Whereas the school up north considers Ohio to be their rival? Yeah who could ever think of such a situation.
Why would Texas be mad? They already have plans to expand to a 112,000 seat stadium, so when they do A&M will be the 4th largest.
Texas A&M has had a super successful year, they are on a huge upswing, and they recenlty bailed the Big XII. In the meantime, Texas has had a few down years. Texas is probably mad due to all of A&M's recent success under the current circumstances, not just the plans to build a bigger stadium.
Not to mention A&M beat Alabama when it counted. Something Texas didn't do a few years ago.
I mean, kinda. TAMU wasn't in the national title game so not really when it counted. Just any given Saturday.
I always wondered how that game woulda gone had McCoy not been knocked out in the first series.
Maybe they'll be mad because their coach is on their last legs and in a worse conference?
I just mean Texas A&M having a successful year in general and Texas being down for a couple years. Texas A&M is to Texas as MSU is to us so Texas fans, I would think, are annoyed by all the hype A&M has recently been receiving.
Mack Brown may be dragging down the program, but once he's gone they will go back to being Texas again because no matter what A&M does, UT still recruits better.
If Michigan State jumped to a better conference and didn't even get to play in a BCS bowl during one of the programs best seasons, I think it would be pretty funny. I wouldn't be mad.
And if a Michigan State player won the Heisman, had a different player drafted #2 overall, built a stadium bigger than ours, got more national attention than us and recruited better than us? You wouldn't be upset about that?
Michigan State had a few of those things before. They won the Rose Bowl, Tony Mandarich was drafted 2nd overall and then they went back to being irrelevant.
No program stays down forever, eventually small programs make a run and then go away. It's the landscape of college football.
They've had some of those, but never all of them and certainly not all in one season.
Before Mack Brown they had been average for a lot more than a decade and while Slocum was at A&M they were the ones playing in big bowls (and usually losing, but still). Things can change.
Mackovic would get 60+ hung on him virtually every year. And David McWilliams ( if I recall his name correctly) was akin to Muddy Waters in mediocrity.
Michigan's program was a dog in the 50's and 60's, Michigan State was the national champion six times. Eventually things went back to the way they had been before.
They claim 6 but it's an Alabama scenario. Only 2 are legit of claiming IMO.
But Michigan has plans to expand to 120,000 with the addition of an upper deck in the south endzone per my usher friend who said Brandon told them at their annual preseason meeting.
Best not to put it on the student section side.
Honestly, Brandon has stated that if (when) they fill that end zone section in, that's where opponent's allotments will go.
nothing to see here
They must not have fraternities in Texas.
Holy shit people are far away from the field in that stadium
row 94 in Michigan Stadium is right on top of the field.
Maybe you haven't noticed how Michigan Stadium is a(n almost) perfect bowl. Not having huge gaps in the stadium makes it easier to locate people closer to the field even when you're the biggest stadium in the country.
I was in College Station this summer before the Michigan game in Texas this year and since the field isn't a bowl or anything it was just open to the public. I walked right in and took pictures right on the field. It definitely looks high from there. Would not want to be a drunk fan in Texas heat walking up the curvey ramps to the upper deck.
It looks like that will put them at 45 seats more than Neyland Stadium where the Tenn Vols play.
KHOU had its own story on television apparently. Here's the (LINK)
The price tag involves rather a lot of work beyond the addition of seats - it is an extensive renovation. G. Rollie White Coliseum will be torn down in the process and the expanded stadium will have its field moved 18 feet south of its present location, per the story. Some concept images are in the accompanying video.
thinking that it was a desperate move to get out of Texas' shadow and they'd just be stomped in the SEC, but they've surprised me.
Benefitted greatly by Manziel's rise to fame, they really have stepped out of Texas' shadow. I feel like they have an identity other than "The Second Most Popular School in Texas"
A&M opens the video on their website by describing how each university has a moment that defines its existence or sees it fall. They then state that the defining moment in the history of Texas A&M University is the remodel of their football stadium. They have fully embraced the culture of the SEC..
Wow. That's really sad.
Has anyone from Michigan athletics ever addressed the idea of another stadium ever expanding to seat more than the Big House? Would we then expand to make sure we continue to have the most in the country?
Ask the Tennessee Volunteers.
Thanks to Fielding Yost, Michigan Stadium grounds has the potential to expand capcity to 200,000. Just the threat alone should deter other schools from trying to pass Michigan's capacity.
How would we start working towards that expansion? Do we wrap around the brick colliseum to cover the north and south end zones, or do we do an outdoor seating vertical end zone expansion similar to what they are doing with Lambeau this year in their S. end zone?
I do like the idea of getting closer to a solid 140,00.
I thought it was more like 140,000.
Still smaller than the Big House. Nothing to see here. Moving on.
I'm a little bit dubious about the wisdom of this. A couple of years ago, they couldn't fill the seats they had. Now they're adding more. While I think that A&M will be better at football through the 10's than they were in the 00's (Fran!) this still feels like extrapolating on a transient to me.
I think the most impressive thing is that they get 30,000 students per game. And they all sit between the endzones, not in the corner or endzone.
They don't sit though. They stand all game. Great place to watch a game.
If only we could pull that off here.
I hope we never act like TAMU fans. No mandatory ballsack grabbing for me.
It's also nuts that a team like A&M who has really done nothing since the 1930s gets that many people at their games in the first place.
Well, when someone is ranking College Station behind the likes of Lubbock, TX and Stillwater, OK as a destination, maybe there's not really anything better to do on a Saturday afternoon than go to the football stadium no matter how good the team is.
It's kind of funny that the author mentions food, then completely omits the best food in town. What I wouldn't give right now for some Layne's chicken fingers...
You lost me at Layne's......
I know, I know, there are allegiances, but as an out of towner I'm cool with just saying that they make damn good chicken in that town, no matter where you get it. Now I am hungry. I could also go for some chicken fried bacon at Sodolak's in Snook...
Haha, just giving you a hard time. I don't actually have a chicken preference. I'd rather hit Fuego or Fargo's (!!!) or Koppe Bridge or even The Chicken (not for the chicken, for beer and burgers). Jeez, I miss the BCS food scene. Has to be one of the most underrated food towns in the country.
I think the Sodalaks in Snook is no more, which is a real tragedy. My advisor used to drive potential grad students out there for lunch. It's about a 15 minute drive further and further into the country, and it was fun to watch them get more and more confused about where we were going. Then we'd get there and old man Sodalak (RIP) would be sitting at the first table by the door chain smoking. We never got any of those grad students to join us, but it was always a hoot.
I know you were. I absolutely agree with you on the food scene. There was a place we went that had some of the best wings I've ever had. Can't remember the name, but it was where Mike Sherman did his radio show. Really unexpected.
That's a damn shame about Sodolak's, if true. It's been about two years since we were last there. That experience must have been priceless with those grad prospects. That is a real strange drive out their, especially if you are trying to find it the first time with a GPS (something which I swear is not possible).
You guys should just post skeet hand motion gifs toward each other instead of qualifying College Station coolness by naming chicken shacks.
I have, literally, no idea what you are talking about.
That sounds like Wings&More.
Although the Sodalak's in Snook was the best, and I think the only one that did deep fried bacon, they still have the Czech-Tex Steakhouse in Bryan. Come to think of it, I could really go for a good chicken fried steak.
Edit: looks like I was confused. The CS location went under, but Snook and Bryan are still open. Another place to visit next time I'm in town.
Gosh, I love the arrogance of some Michigan fans. You realize Southerners can make fun of Michigan too, right? I mean Ann Arbor is located between the wonderful towns of Detroit and Toledo, Ohio. Wow. I mean, those two cities are the most attractive, awesome, and desirable cities to visit and live in. I guess we can also throw Flint in and hey, 2 of the top 5 murder capitals of the US all within an hour drive! Note: In response to MSUDad's comments about Lubbock and College station... don't know why my comment was pushed down here.
Bo said nice try...
TAM was suppose to expand their stadium to 120K and become the largest stadium in the NCAA. I'm glad they deiced to only go up to 102K. TN may try to pass Michigan again, but I think Michigan will always expand if necessary to keep its lead as the largest football stadium.
I think Tennessee pretty much closed the door on much future expansion (same with Alabama) due to the way they did their last expansion and closed in the entire stadium.
I'm just happy Texas A&M will finally have enough space for their massive amount of oversigned recruits when they come to games.
Yes, they have a little brother complex, but you would too if you had an entire classification of jokes aimed at you. I'm referring to the "Aggie joke" humor subgenre, which I didn't know about until living in Texas. Example: What's the best thing to ever come out of College Station? Highway 6. Did you hear about the Aggie whose dog kept getting hurt while chasing parked cars? The Sparties have no idea how bad it could really get.
To hell with the SEC.
Awe, that's cute. Just 12k to go.
check out these renderings of the new Atlanta stadium proposals, featuring (very late in the video of the renderings (scroll down to #2), Spike Albrecht and your Meeeechigan Wolverines beating Louisville...
A&M fans use LOUD VOICES and Kyle Field as it is is incredibly loud. Add 20k more fans and reshape the stadium to funnel more noise back on the field is going to result in some unpleasant times for the opposing team's QB.
Dang.. Looks amazing but they better keep it up in the SEC or that'll be a whole lot of empty seats. If they can keep going they way they are, more power to them, but that's a really expensive gamble on the future of their program.