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Texas A&M’s $205 million plan includes new indoor complexes for football, track – Houston Chronicle

COLLEGE STATION — Two years before Baylor opened a pristine, red brick indoor football building on the banks of the Brazos River in 2009, Texas A&M debuted an indoor football complex that appeared to require an air pump along Wellborn Road.

It didn’t — it just looked like it with its malleable sides and softish roof and overall economic construction. The Aggies’ indoor football and track buildings next to each other have served their purposes during the past decade, but A&M believes it’s time to move on to more appealing massive structures appearing less inflatable.

A&M’s regents on Thursday approved a $205 million plan toward upgrades to A&M football and track structures. A new indoor football practice field and a heavy Bright Football Complex makeover account for more than half of the planned costs ($125 million).

A&M also intends to add 31 suites to Kyle Field’s south side for $25 million. A new indoor track building next to the sterling E.B. Cushing Stadium, which opened in 2019, on the far west side of campus is planned for $55 million.

A&M track and field under coach Pat Henry has been one of the the most successful sports in school history with a combined nine national titles between the men and women. Only the equestrian team has more championships with 12.

“This (track) project will reestablish Texas A&M as a leading host site for the highest levels of competition,” A&M chancellor John Sharp said.

A&M football coach Jimbo Fisher, who’s been provided almost every request in his quest to bring the program its first national title since 1939, reiterated this week that he intends to stay at A&M and has no interest in the vacant LSU job.

Fisher loves College Station’s proximity to Houston, the Metroplex and San Antonio-Austin, and has said of A&M’s emphasis on first-rate football complexes, including a half-billion dollar rebuild of Kyle Field a little more than five years ago:

“There aren’t many places where you can go to a school and get everything you need and still have your parents and family close by. That’s a rarity, and we have everything they need (here). That’s a very unique situation.”

Another unique situation occurred at A&M 12 years ago, when then-athletic director Bill Byrne announced the university had reinforced its new indoor football and track fields with steel cables to meet safety standards.

The reinforcement occurred after high winds had collapsed the Dallas Cowboys’ indoor complex in May 2009. Twelve people were injured from the Cowboys collapse, including one who was paralyzed. The same company had constructed the A&M and Cowboys indoor complexes.

An independent study in 2009 showed A&M’s indoor football and track facilities did not meet standards of sustaining winds up to 90 miles per hour, hence the cable reinforcements. The new indoor complexes, with much higher building budgets than 15 years ago, should not require steel cables to help keep them upright in high winds.

“They’re going to be beautiful, like Kyle Field and Cushing Stadium,” Sharp pledged.

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Source: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-nation/college/article/Texas-A-M-s-205-million-plan-includes-new-16633282.php

COLLEGE STATION — Two years before Baylor opened a pristine, red brick indoor football building on the banks of the Brazos River in 2009, Texas A&M debuted an indoor football complex that appeared to require an air pump along Wellborn Road.

It didn’t — it just looked like it with its malleable sides and softish roof and overall economic construction. The Aggies’ indoor football and track buildings next to each other have served their purposes during the past decade, but A&M believes it’s time to move on to more appealing massive structures appearing less inflatable.

A&M’s regents on Thursday approved a $205 million plan toward upgrades to A…….

COLLEGE STATION — Two years before Baylor opened a pristine, red brick indoor football building on the banks of the Brazos River in 2009, Texas A&M debuted an indoor football complex that appeared to require an air pump along Wellborn Road.

It didn’t — it just looked like it with its malleable sides and softish roof and overall economic construction. The Aggies’ indoor football and track buildings next to each other have served their purposes during the past decade, but A&M believes it’s time to move on to more appealing massive structures appearing less inflatable.

A&M’s regents on Thursday approved a $205 million plan toward upgrades to A…….

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