Texas A&M is currently renovating its Bright Football Complex and will continue in two phases during the 2014 and '15 offseasons, the school announced on Thursday.
The Bright Complex, which opened in 2003, is undergoing a $16.8 million facelift as part of the 12th Man Foundation's "Next Step" campaign. Renovations began last month.
From the school's release:
Included in the renovations will be the build-out of a brand new locker room, the addition of training pools, eye-catching graphics and branding opportunities, as well as a makeover of the Hagner Auditorium. New lighting, carpeting and décor for the meeting rooms will give Bright a head-turning modern look that is so vital in today’s world of football recruiting and student-athlete well-being.
The Aggies are already renovating Kyle Field as part of a $450 million campaign that will increase capacity to 102,500. Justin Moore, Texas A&M's associate athletics director for football, said that while the Bright Complex is not necessarily outdated, the facility should be more focused on student-athletes.
“If you look at this facility, the space is great for the most part,” said Moore. “But the branding and feel of the facility make it look like a lawyer’s office. It looks like it’s geared toward a coaching staff. When in reality it should be geared toward players. It should be geared toward a 16- to 20-year-old male.”
Moore said the school was able to take on the Bright Complex renovations earlier than expected thanks to increased fundraising in recent years.
“The 12th Man Foundation came to us and said we might be able to help you sooner than we think, so we put together a plan,” Moore added. “It’s gone really fast and that’s what has been both rewarding and challenging. We’ve been working on it non-stop.
“We’re just fortunate to be able to do all these renovations and do them at such a high level. The 12th Man Foundation and former students have been phenomenal with their support.”
The first floor at the Bright Complex is slated to be ready by the fall. Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin seems excited about his program's facility facelift.