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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) - After an 11-2 inaugural SEC season under new coach Kevin Sumlin and a Heisman-trophy winning quarterback, Texas A&M is ready to join the big leagues of college football venues.  Texas A&M’s Board of Regents will meet Wednesday to officially approve the Kyle Field renovation project.  The expansion would increase capacity to just over 102,000 seats, making Kyle Field the fifth largest college football stadium in the nation behind the University of Michigan’s Michigan Stadium, Penn State’s Beaver Stadium, Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium, and Ohio State’s Ohio Stadium.

The expansion is estimated to cost anywhere between $425 and $450 million with approximately one-third of the costs of construction to be paid for via donations and the remainder by bonds, personal seat licenses (PSLs) and suite sales, according to Jeff Tarpley of AggieYell.com.

The demolition will be scheduled in three phases (west side, east side, and south end zone), each of which will take eight months to complete.  Construction will begin at the end of the 2013 football season and extend through the offseason.  Home games will still be played at Kyle Field with efforts being made to minimize construction inconveniences during the season.  The renovations, which will increase capacity at Kyle Field by approximately 20,000 seats,  are estimated for completion by the start of the 2016 football season.

A vote for the project and budget is scheduled for the Wednesday meeting of the Board of Regents at 5 pm.  Following the meeting, Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp and President R. Bowen Loftin will hold a press conference at 6 pm to unveil the project.

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