College notes: Texas A&M plans Kyle Field makeover, expansion

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Texas A&M announced a $450 million renovation and expansion of Kyle Field on Wednesday. The project, which will expand capacity to 102,500, will begin after this season and is expected to be completed by the 2015 season.

The plans include more chair-back seating and additional suites, loge boxes and premium seating with club areas, the university said.

In November, work will begin with the demolition of the first deck of the east side of the stadium, reconstruction of the first deck and construction of the south end zone. Beginning in November 2014, the west side of the stadium will be demolished and rebuilt.

Funding will come from donations and seat licenses, student fees, ticket revenue and a preferred facilities access agreement between the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau and Texas A&M, the university said in a written statement. That agreement will use hotel tax revenue for the next 30 years. In return, the Visitors Bureau will be able to use certain Texas A&M facilities at preferred rates for promoting tourism in Brazos County.

AAC in talks

Discussions are ongoing to start the 2013-14 college basketball season with a multigame event at American Airlines Center in Dallas featuring some of the nation’s top teams, ESPN.com reported Wednesday.

The one-day event, which could feature up to four games in November, would be run by BD Global. In the report, BD Global president Brooks Downing declined to name potential teams.

The 2014 Final Four will be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

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• TCU women’s tennis: Stefanie Tan was selected to compete in the singles competition at the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships May 22-27 in Urbana, Ill. Tan, a sophomore from Bishan, Singapore, is the 18th woman in TCU history to qualify for the postseason singles competition.

• UT Arlington men’s golf: Senior Paul McConnell shot a 3-under 69 to claim the Western Athletic Conference individual championship. McConnell jumped from a tie for ninth place to the top of the leader board with the low round of the day at the Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nev. UTA finished second, six shots behind WAC team champion New Mexico State. McConnell qualifies for the NCAA Regionals on May 15-18.

• UT Arlington basketball: The Mavericks men’s basketball team will play at Kentucky on Nov. 19 as part of the Keightley Classic. It will be the first time UTA has played the Wildcats.

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