Stadium: Kyle Field (College Station, TX)
The history of both Kyle Field, as well as the location it is built on, have the history as the home of Texas A&M Football since 1904. Throughout A&M’s history in the Big 12 and SEC, every home game in its history happened here. Check out below why Kyle Field has become one of the toughest road games in college football.
What is Kyle Field known for?
“Home of the 12th Man”
Most stadiums have a student section which makes noise throughout the whole game. Texas A&M decided that their crowd was so influential in the game, that they were like the 12th man on the field for the team. While the Seattle Seahawks claim their own 12th Man, A&M was the original!
That New Stadium Smell
Kyle Field went through a large renovation project which ended in time for the 2015 season. This included a massive video screen that was recently petitioned to be renamed the “Jimbotron,” in honor of first-year Head Coach Jimbo Fisher. The screen is second only in size to the University of Auburn. Nearly 20,000 seats were also added to the stadium, increasing the home-field advantage for the Aggies.
Johnny Manziel, Quarterback (Years at Texas A&M: 2012-2014)
“Johnny Football” became a legend at Texas A&M, as a gunslinger who became the first freshman Heisman Trophy winner in 2012. He led Texas A&M to a Cotton Bowl Victory that same season, alongside fellow Aggies (& future pros) Mike Evans, Von Miller, and Luke Joeckel. After his redshirt sophomore season, Manziel declared for the NFL Draft and was taken with the 22nd pick by the Cleveland Browns. Manziel currently plays in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes.
Myles Garrett, Defensive End (2014-2016)
During Garrett’s time at A&M, he was a two-time All-American and led the SEC in sacks during his sophomore season. He also earned All-SEC honors twice and set a new school freshman record for sacks. In a 2015 home game against Alabama, he blocked a punt which kept A&M in the game. Garrett would be taken first overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 2017 NFL Draft and is the Browns’ defensive captain for the 2018 season.
Lester Hayes, Defensive Back (1973-1976)
Known as “the Judge” during his career with the Oakland & Los Angeles Raiders, Hayes played at Texas A&M from 1973-76. He was known at A&M for playing three positions during his time there, getting snaps at defensive end, linebacker, and defensive back. He led the team to a conference title in 1975 and later won two Super Bowls in the NFL with the Raiders.
Did You Know?
As mentioned earlier, the grounds which Kyle Field sits on dates back to 1904. Edwin Kyle, an alumnus of the university, donated his own money to establish the field and build grandstands. The facility was named after him and has kept it ever since.
Why Should You Commit Here?
Some of the NFL’s biggest names of past and present came from Texas A&M, and playing at Kyle Field carries on that tradition with over 100,000 fans behind you. Not to mention the Aggies are in Championship contention nearly every year and get to play top SEC teams like Alabama and LSU with “an extra player” on the field with you at Kyle Field.