Flush with cash from its recent football success and its move to the Southeastern Conference, Texas A&M University has developed plans to spend $68 million on new stadiums for its softball and track and field teams.
Both new stadiums would be on the west side of the university's College Station campus and would be built by the end of 2017, according to a brief compiled for the A&M System Board of Regents. The two projects are awaiting approval from the regents, who are expected vote on them during their meeting on Wednesday.
The softball stadium would cost $28.6 million and would replace the 20-year-old stadium currently used by the team. The track stadium would cost $39.8 million. Much of the money for the construction would come from donations.
Plans for the softball stadium include seating for about 2,000 fans. The facility is needed because "the current venue is no longer conducive to support the recruiting of the highest level student athlete, providing student athletes with the best Aggie collegiate experience or providing Aggie patrons a quality game day experience," wrote A&M System Chief Financial Officer Billy Hamilton in a briefing prepared for Wednesday's regents meeting