No. 9 Texas A&M is set to host No. 10 Alabama Saturday at Kyle Field Saturday, one of the loudest stadiums in college football. When the Crimson Tide (5-1, 2-1 SEC) last played on the road against the Aggies (5-0, 2-0 SEC) in 2013 the stadium held 87,596 people, now after $485 million in renovations it seats 102,733.
One of the loudest stadiums could be even louder this weekend and a tradition that gave Alabama running back Kenyan Drake “goosebumps” a year ago, will still be just as awe-inspiring, according to Al.com’s Michael Casagrande:
Among the traditions is the signing of the “Aggie War Hymn” before the game and between the third and fourth quarters. It’s a group effort and all A&M fans lock arms and sway with the beat. That makes the entire structure move side to side.
“Please do not be alarmed, as the press box will move during the ‘Aggie War Hymn,'” reads the note posted in the Kyle Field press box.
The renovations should minimize the swaying seating bowl, according to the Houston Chronicle. Players typically say they don’t notice anything in the crowd during the game, but Drake couldn’t deny watching the “Aggie War Hymn” oscillation.
“It really gives you goose bumps to see; it’s like the stadium is literally rocking,” he said. “And that was, as I said, before the renovation. It will be very interesting to see how that affects it this year.”
We’ll see how the renovations affect the atmosphere when Texas A&M and Alabama kickoff at 3:30 EST Saturday on CBS.