Texas and Texas A&M may no longer play each other in football, but that doesn’t mean the gridiron rivalry has died off. The Aggies’ Kyle Field is currently undergoing a massive, $450 million renovation that will lift its seating capacity to 102,500 – a number slightly higher than the 100,119 listed for the Longhorns’ Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
While the 12th Man has been stealing the Horns’ thunder as of late, Texas is not about to roll over in the fight to be the state’s main attraction. According to Tim Newcomb of Sports Illustrated, Texas officials are talking about a stadium renovation/expansion of their own:
UT Athletics has teamed with PricewaterhouseCoopers to conduct a feasibility study on the completion of the south end, among other stadium-minded concepts.
Newly appointed Texas athletic director Steve Patterson had the following to say on the possibility:
Steve Patterson, Texas’ men’s athletic director, says the south end project remains “conceptual” at this point.
“Any further planning will depend on a variety of factors to be studied over the next several months,” he says.
With the goal of finding a “superior gameday experience for all fans and stakeholders,” as Patterson says, the school fully expects the completed study will offer a recommendation for an “innovative and world-class facility that will be recognized as a leader nationally.”
With head coach Charlie Strong ushering in a new era of Texas football, it appears that the administration is ready to help him stay atop the state and put the Longhorns program back on the national map.