Neyland Stadium’s reign of being the SEC’s largest stadium is coming to an end in 2014. Tennessee’s stadium seats 102,455 fans, but Kyle Field is about to change everything.
Texas A&M’s Kyle Field seated 82,589 fans last year, but the current two-phase renovation and expansion will push it to 102,500 in 2015. Because construction will be done in phases, the capacity for the 2014 season is expected to actually be 107,000-109,000, which could set attendance records.
Bryant-Denny Stadium will be the SEC’s third largest stadium, seating 101,821 fans.
LSU’s current expansion of the South End Zone will make it the SEC’s fourth largest stadium. Tiger Stadium’s capacity will go from 92,400 to 100,000 in 2014 and the future focus will be on fan experience, as this will likely be the last expansion to Tiger Stadium.
Five SEC stadiums have been under renovation this offseason; four of the five are expanding their stadiums (Texas A&M, LSU, Missouri and Mississippi State), while Kentucky’s renovation will reduce capacity from 67,692 to 61,000, making it a smaller, more fan-friendly atmosphere.
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Razorback Stadium has a future goal of getting to 80,000 capacity, while Ole Miss will start construction soon on expanding Vaught-Hemingway Stadium to around 70,000-75,000 fans in the next few years.
Here’s a breakdown of 2013 capacity, 2014 capacity and future capacity:
|Texas A&M||Kyle Field||82,589||107,000||102,500|
|Florida||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium||88,548||88,548||NA|
|S. Carolina||Williams-Brice Stadium||80,250||80,250||NA|
|Arkansas||Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium||72,000||72,000||80,000|
|Miss State||Davis Wade Stadium||55,082||61,337||NA|
|Ole Miss||Vaught-Hemingway Stadium||60,580||60,580||70,000|