Once its renovations are complete, Kevin Sumlin is confident Texas A&M will have the best stadium in college football.
"It will be the finest football facility, college football stadium in the country. 102,500, smart stadium, they've got all the bells and whistles in there with Internet, all that wi-fi, all the stuff that fans need, you guys need," Sumlin said Tuesday. "They said you can make 100,000 phone calls at one time. So a lot of people are really coming by and seeing what this is, the suites, it's going to be as nice as it is. And our recruiting over the course of the last year, we're able to tell guys that, number one, you're going to play in the finest football facility in the country as a home stadium."
Spend $485 million renovating something and you'd say the same thing, too.
But with construction still ongoing, the Aggies are already planning their first after-the-fact improvement to the Kyle Field gameday experience: a lake.
"Chancellor Sharp has directed us to explore all options that would enable us to develop the premier tailgating area in the Southeastern Conference and beyond," Texas A&M system vice president for business affairs Phillip Ray told the Bryan-College Station Eagle. "The Aggies are about to up the ante."
Though the concept is still in the dream stage, Ray said, once completed, the lake will have the typical over-the-top exuberance the rest of A&M's football portfolio. "It's not something you'll walk by and you miss it," Ray said. "It will be significant. [Sharp] wants to do it the best us Aggies can do and I'm confident the final solution will make it a prominent place on campus."
With the self-proclaimed best game day experience in college football, the pressure only rises on head coach Kevin Sumlin to provide a team to match.