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Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 12:00 am

Chancellor John Sharp called Kyle Field a megaphone to the world.

He then boasted that the upgraded stadium would have quite the reach.

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64 comments:

  • amhasotherneeds posted at 9:40 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    amhasotherneeds Posts: 8

    I think A&M has more urgent renovation needs, just look at typical toilet at A&M:

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/67833439/Photo-0053.jpg

     
  • txswinner posted at 7:25 pm on Fri, May 10, 2013.

    txswinner Posts: 24

    Allknowing is wearing a wife-beater, is a Mets fan, sports a tattoo, and is using the avatar of somebody that lives in Tucson ?!?

     
  • jer2 posted at 11:40 am on Thu, May 9, 2013.

    jer2 Posts: 314

    Umm, we don't want to be like those yuppie ivy league schools you mentioned. If you don't like it here, you are welcomed to go to Berkeley.

     
  • jer2 posted at 11:39 am on Thu, May 9, 2013.

    jer2 Posts: 314

    Tin Foil Hat prof strikes again.

     
  • Aggieprof posted at 12:40 pm on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    Aggieprof Posts: 137

    Sorry hotdog, I didn't get your sarcasm....
    But you sounded like the allknowing, who claims the same with a straight face.

     
  • Aggieprof posted at 10:39 am on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    Aggieprof Posts: 137

    Hotdog, are your lying by purpose or by ignorance?

     
  • hotdog posted at 7:08 am on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    hotdog Posts: 1018

    Besides the athletic department is self funding. They pay for the parking lots, the ground the stadium is on, the security at the games, the grounds for the patrons, offices for the coaches, the practice fields and on an on.[wink]

     
  • allknowing posted at 12:39 am on Wed, May 8, 2013.

    allknowing Posts: 44

    Hear, hear...

     
  • Aggieprof posted at 9:19 am on Tue, May 7, 2013.

    Aggieprof Posts: 137

    while buildings at Texas A&M have gas leaks, are mold infested, or have asbestos openly exposed, and endanger the life and wellbeing of students and faculty, the university has to build the most expensive football stadium in nation
    What a disgrace!

     
  • hotdog posted at 8:56 am on Mon, May 6, 2013.

    hotdog Posts: 1018

    A&M finally is in the top 10 Universities in something, big football stadium, yeah for us. Where is the 101 Aggie Jokes when we need them.

     
  • master of disaster posted at 10:01 pm on Sun, May 5, 2013.

    master of disaster Posts: 541

    Well, we're not the best public university in Texas, so I guess it's better to do this than chase that academic excellence rainbow...

     
  • Aggieprof posted at 11:03 am on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    Aggieprof Posts: 137

    Te future of A&Ms megalomanic dreams can be seen in Tennessee:

    http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2013/01/28/Colleges/Tennessee.aspx

     
  • because posted at 10:44 am on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    because Posts: 358

    I wonder who paid for that embarrassing "Leni Riefenstahl video" . I am sure it was not the athletic department. ...

     
  • daniel posted at 1:56 am on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    daniel Posts: 5

    no, it is not a tax. you should look up the definition of taxation.

     
  • daniel posted at 1:48 am on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    daniel Posts: 5

    if a&m has to come up with 450 million bucks to bask alumni to get 170 million back from them, then a&m is not producing alumni who are generous enough to a&m to begin with. maybe a&m should use the $450 millon to bring more faculty to better the poor ratio of students to faculty at the school, or help bring in students from low income families, or help invest in the arts in college station, etc. you know, things that would truly enrich the experience at a&m.

     
  • daniel posted at 1:41 am on Sat, May 4, 2013.

    daniel Posts: 5

    "megaphone to the world". yes, a megaphone to football fans in the world (mainly the US).i wonder if the MIT's, Caltech's, Berkeley's, Princenton's, etc., of the world became what they are by building the largest football stadiums.

     
  • allknowing posted at 1:53 pm on Fri, May 3, 2013.

    allknowing Posts: 44

    No, the tin foil hat is a little tight, is all.

     
  • allknowing posted at 1:50 pm on Fri, May 3, 2013.

    allknowing Posts: 44

    Anne is right. No more freebies for illegals. They should pay double price for their tickets to any game in the renovated Kyle.

     
  • nn posted at 12:40 pm on Fri, May 3, 2013.

    nn Posts: 290

    In honor of Phil Adam's appointment to be chair of the Board of Regents, let us all remind by what a great intelligent man we will be represented in the future:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7aqYLAHpZU
    message preview

     
  • obasfirst posted at 12:21 pm on Fri, May 3, 2013.

    obasfirst Posts: 668

    unlike the students who are "donating" money for the new football stadium.

     
  • obasfirst posted at 11:16 am on Fri, May 3, 2013.

    obasfirst Posts: 668

    Are you claiming that the 170 million raised by alumni is because of football or football stadium? That would be kind of a stretch don't you think?

    Maybe they donate because they are thankful to A&M for giving them a good education which gave them the opportunity to get a good high paying job

     
  • obasfirst posted at 10:38 am on Fri, May 3, 2013.

    obasfirst Posts: 668

    megaphone to the WORLD?

    The best and brightest american students never pick a university because of a football team, let alone a football stadium.

    International students don't care even care about football.

    Anybody checked the best grad shools in the US in the latest edition of US News. See, how the League of champions (SEC) schools rank. It's just pathetic.

     
  • roy g posted at 9:47 am on Fri, May 3, 2013.

    roy g Posts: 961

    Go away.

     
  • roy g posted at 9:47 am on Fri, May 3, 2013.

    roy g Posts: 961

    LOL - when I was in college, the Albritton Bell Tower was constructed. At the time, some referred to it as the Albritton Phallic Symbol. If only we had known back then the "shortcomings" that would apparently be getting compensated for with Kyle Field.

     
  • roy g posted at 9:37 am on Fri, May 3, 2013.

    roy g Posts: 961

    Truth hurting much?

     
  • Sabio posted at 7:25 am on Fri, May 3, 2013.

    Sabio Posts: 1734

    Must not be very many "Right Wingers" then. If you truly believe this nonsense, then you truly do qualify to be a member, if not a leader, of the tin foil hat crowd.

    That's just plain nutty.

     
  • 79ag posted at 9:10 pm on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    79ag Posts: 4

    Looks great and I look forward to enjoying many days of my retirement years in the new stadium. I wish they would reconsider the size though... surely it wouldn't cost much more to go ahead and take the official capacity to 112,000.

     
  • because posted at 5:25 pm on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    because Posts: 358

    I must say that this is quite a creative accounting, I guess you must be working at Wall Street:

    You assume that from year one A&M sells all of a sudden 20,000 more season tickets of the quality which requires to pay a donation of $3,000 and cost $450. I don't even think that the number of premium seats increases by 20,000 (only the total number of seats).

    Secondly you do not seem to take into account the interests the University has to pay for the bonds. Even the University, in the most positive scenarios , estimates that it takes 30 years to pay back the loan, and that using the student fees, increased ticket prices, donations and the hotel tax.

     
  • NYAggie posted at 4:27 pm on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    NYAggie Posts: 1

    Someone asked "How often does Kyle field have to be sold out to pay for an expansion that costs $25,000 per season". I just renewed my season ticket which required a donation of $3,000 per seat and cost $450 for each ticket. At that rate it takes 7.25 seasons to pay back the investment. The renovation of Kyle Field will include increasing the number of premium seats, each of which will require a significant donation each year.

    College Sports is a big business, but it is one that Universities encourage because it brings alumni back to campus and creates school spirit and allegiance. It is part of the reason why the Engineering College can announce a need for 170 million dollars to fund its "25 by 25" initiative and have commitments for the funds in a few months by generous alumni.

    Game weekends are also big business for the cities of College Station and Bryan. Increasing the number of fans means more sales for local area businesses which is why the city is willing to invest in Kyle Field. College Station did an economic impact study before they agreed to provide some of the funding for the expansion. Most of the fans attending games at Kyle Field are not local residents. They are visiting for the day or weekend, spending a lot of money and leaving without consuming significant city services. College Station concluded that this was an investment that had a measurable return to the local community. They reduced the local cost by funding that investment through an increase in the hotel tax which is paid primarily by people visiting rather than local residents. Funding it this way also had the political benefit of being a less painful way to raise local taxes.

    As for increasing fees to all students, I am not sure that I agree with this funding mechanism. It seems to me that it would make more sense to increase student tickets prices for the 31,000 students that go to the games rather than all students. The counter to this is, no other school reserves so many tickets in prime seating locations for students. Many of those tickets could be sold for a significant premium to alumni instead. Of course, for me, game day just would not be the same without the students.

     
  • because posted at 1:01 pm on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    because Posts: 358

    Agnerd: you are calling buying 20000 more seats for $ 500000000 "fiscally conservative"??? that is $ 25000 per seat. How often does Kyle field have to be sold out to pay for that? Or even only to pay for the interest of that investment?

    Where did you get your financial education?

     
  • because posted at 1:00 pm on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    because Posts: 358

    Agnerd: you are calling buying 20000 more seats for $ 500000000 "fiscally conservative"??? that is $ 25000 per seat. How often does Kyle field have to be sold out to pay for that? Or even only to pay for the interest of that investment?

    Secondly you call student fees, every student has to pay, and a Hotel fee "private donations"?

    Where did you get your financial education?

     
  • rj posted at 12:54 pm on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    rj Posts: 177

    What? You mean my "generosity" that I'll have to pay when I bring in clients who stay in local hotels? Or the "generosity" that students and parents who couldn't care less about your desire to watch young men in tight pants for three hours? Or the "generosity" of the rest of the university in allowing the athletic program to siphon off $16 million from them a few years back? That generosity?

    The "leadership" of my alma mater has become a bunch of jock-sniffing wannabes.

     
  • hotdog posted at 12:54 pm on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    hotdog Posts: 1018

    Same thing as right vs left / dem vs rep. [smile]

     
  • Aggieprof posted at 12:50 pm on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Aggieprof Posts: 137

    Rijura, and you need to find another sport (maybe soccer), beacuase soon football will not exist any more. Is this why you react so angrily???

     
  • Aggieprof posted at 12:48 pm on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Aggieprof Posts: 137

    C' mon, you think people cannot read!!!

    Below (comment is since then removed) you called the comment of somebody "m o r o n")

     
  • Rjiura posted at 11:47 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Rjiura Posts: 81

    Aggieprof......You need to go teach at a liberal arts college with no sports programs and your salary will be "Cut in Half"

     
  • Rjiura posted at 11:44 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Rjiura Posts: 81

    What name did I call a "Specific Person". I,made a general comment, if it offended you then your thinking must belong to one of these groups. Relax, this is a fun site.

     
  • Aggieprof posted at 11:22 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Aggieprof Posts: 137

    I guess because you seem to be incapable to have a discussion without calling other people names, that's really sad my friend.

     
  • Rjiura posted at 10:54 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Rjiura Posts: 81

    Big surprise some "Right Wing Born Again Religious Freak" or "Left Wing Loon" removed my post

     
  • Aggieprof posted at 10:54 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Aggieprof Posts: 137

    Not sure what this has to do with a new football stadium???
    Are you kidding?

    Within twenty years there will be as many college football teams, as airlines, restaurants, other public buildings etc which allow smoking. Namely none.

     
  • agnerd posted at 10:37 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    agnerd Posts: 799

    That shade will be nice for the early games.

    I wonder if the old people will be mad that the student concourse will now be connected to the zone concourses and they won't have as much separation.

    I'm surprised they filled in the corners as much as they did. Basically continuous 2nd deck all the way around.

    Looks like we will have 2 realitvely small video screens in the north corners of the stadium. I was hoping they could incroporate larger screens at opposite corners of the stadium.

    Hopefully a Kylie Field parking garage will be built shortly afterwards.

    Keeping with Populus tradition, a lot more steel will be used instead of concrete like all the previous Kyle additions. But it looks good, so I'm ok with it.

    Looks like all existing ramps will be replaced?

    12 empty seats is a great idea. You know every single TV broadcast will show the seats and talk about them.

     
  • Aggieprof posted at 10:33 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Aggieprof Posts: 137

    Hey Agnerd, read the next article, do you think it is fiscally conservative
    to raise fees for students?

    http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/article_c57e1860-a750-5ebf-8f73-0d6f29bf2037.html#user-comment-area

     
  • Aggieprof posted at 10:31 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Aggieprof Posts: 137

    Read the next article:

    http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/article_c57e1860-a750-5ebf-8f73-0d6f29bf2037.html#user-comment-area

     
  • agnerd posted at 10:28 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    agnerd Posts: 799

    No one is stopping you or any other donor from donating $10 million to renovate Blocker, Zachry, or any other building. Personally, I don't criticise other people's generosity.

     
  • agnerd posted at 10:26 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    agnerd Posts: 799

    Responsible parents and coaches teach their kids how to tackle the correct way without leading with the head, thereby avoiding most concussion injuries. Not sure what any of this has to do with a new football stadium though.

     
  • agnerd posted at 10:23 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    agnerd Posts: 799

    Have they finalized the student fee structure yet? I thought they were still discussing it.

     
  • agnerd posted at 10:22 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    agnerd Posts: 799

    Since it is being built with private donations instead of tax money, I consider it to be fiscally conservative. (The hotel tax is being used to keep games from being played in Houston)

     
  • agnerd posted at 10:19 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    agnerd Posts: 799

    I think it is a good investment that will result in a good return on that investment. If revenue is $90 million per year after expenses, and they can get an interest rate around 3%, that seems like a very good investment as opposed to a collosal waste of money.

     
  • nn posted at 9:45 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    nn Posts: 290

    Please don't make this issue look like a "Left-Right-Issue". You would embarrass every thinking conservative, because you claim that the "left is for education" while the "right likes to spend money on football".

    It think it is rather a "For or Against Education" issue, or "Smart or Dumb Issue".

     
  • Aggieprof posted at 9:27 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Aggieprof Posts: 137

    I take it that you are still one of the irresponsible parents....

     
  • Rjiura posted at 9:16 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Rjiura Posts: 81

    When are "You Posters" going to learn. If you are a "Public Figure" or "Celebrity" and make a statement on a social issue like Gays, Gay Marriage, Abortion, Illegals, Welfare,etc, if the "Left Wing Loons" disagree with you they call you a "Racist" and if the "Far Right Conservative Born Again Religious Freaks" disagree they quote the "Bible". Best example is the reaction from the "Gay NBA Player and Tebow"......they both drive the extreme far Left and Right crazy. Some "Nobody" like me can say whatever they want and "Nobody Cares"

     
  • Rjiura posted at 9:09 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Rjiura Posts: 81

    Amen

     
  • because posted at 8:58 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    because Posts: 358

    That is very simple to explain:

    Right Wingers like money to be spent on military tanks, the army does not even want, on more air-controllers, because they like to fly a lot, and on foot ball stadiums, because that is the sport they like the most.

    They hate poor people, so they cut Medicaid and the meals on wheels program, they hate education, therefore they cut the budget of universities
    (with exception of football, of course) and "head start".

     
  • FromAfar posted at 8:50 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    FromAfar Posts: 485

    >>
    "[Kyle Field will be] the most magnificent football venue that exists anywhere on this planet," Sharp said.
    >>

    While many of our academic buildings are falling apart.

     
  • Aggieprof posted at 8:50 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Aggieprof Posts: 137

    Hey Sabio didn't you always claim, here on the EAGlE blog, that the stadium will be built with voluntary donations ???

     
  • Aggieprof posted at 8:47 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Aggieprof Posts: 137

    Great: around 4000 former football players are suing the NFL, for their long term injuries (on brain, spine etc) caused by that sport. Soon tens of thousands of former college players will follow suit and hold universities responsible. Given what medicine found out about the damages football causes, no responsible parent is allowing his/her kid to play that game anymore. Soon American football will have the status and relevance of boxing or wrestling.

    But what are we doing: We are wasting half a billion on a new football stadium...

     
  • anneis posted at 8:18 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    anneis Posts: 230

    While we discuss any colossal waste of money and rising tuition, let's eliminate ANY and ALL freebies and benefits to illegal aliens, their families and other non-citizens. If you have illegal in you anywhere . . . you pay the full frieght and then some - period! That goes for all of USA society where unbudgeted runaway spending is the agenda to ruin America. At least the Kyle Field planners have a plan and financing which is more than the current White House occupier and the congressional hooligans do. Please spare us that hate cr@p speech which the "tolerant left" always mentions.

     
  • Levi S posted at 8:04 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Levi S Posts: 4

    Perhaps we should rename this "renovation" the "John Sharp self-aggrandizement" project?

     
  • Sabio posted at 7:14 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Sabio Posts: 1734

    hotdog, if someone who holds a world view directly opposite of yours is a "hard core right winger", then what does that make you?

     
  • Sabio posted at 7:13 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Sabio Posts: 1734

    hotdog...just wondering......if you view someone who is opposite in world view from you to be a "hard core right winger", then what does that make you?

     
  • Sabio posted at 7:10 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Sabio Posts: 1734

    The additional student fees are, in effect, a tax. It is kinda funny that the lefties become apoplectic when a new tax is implemented for something they object to, but are all for a tax when it is for something they like. They use the word "investment" in the latter case, and "theft" in the former.

    One must laugh.

     
  • hotdog posted at 6:18 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    hotdog Posts: 1018

    I would like to hear from some hard core right wingers to explain this action to some of the less intellectual left wing types that do not understand how this is a fiscally conservative action. Where are you goodhair supporters?

     
  • prairiegirl posted at 6:01 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    prairiegirl Posts: 639

    Amen to that citizen1! With the costs of college education climbing higher and higher, I wish there was a way to stop all this sports funding and help more kids pay for a college education instead. As much as I love football I just think that these big schools are taking it too far. JMO.

     
  • citizen1 posted at 5:34 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    citizen1 Posts: 265

    Half a billion dollars? What a colossal waste of money. It is so sad.

     

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