Texas A&M Football: Aggie Spring Game expected to have massive attendance

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We knew Texas A&M football was pulling out all the stops for the Maroon And White Game, but the sheer numbers are even bigger than anyone could have expected.

Texas A&M opens it’s 2018 season with their Spring Game, known around College Station as the Maroon And White Game, this Saturday, April 14. Jimbo Fisher has been at the helm for a few months now. His impact is expected to be seen in a major way this weekend.

According to Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle, the attendance at the game is expected to be monumental. It seems like it will easily set a record for biggest crowd at an Aggie spring game.

Here are the numbers:

  • 342 Letterman are expected to return for the game, and some will compete in the flag football game at halftime
  • Johnny Manziel will play “all-time quarterback” for the game
  • 79 suites have been reserve at Kyle Field, compared to just 13 in 2017.
  • The Pepsi Fan Zone will be larger than it was for the Alabama game in 2017 and will be open from 12:30-3:30 before the game
  • Tailgating areas will be open on Saturday before the game

This is expected to be like a Saturday in the fall in almost every way, right down to the fact that the plays will not be scripted and the two teams will be chosen by team captains.

A&M’s baseball team is also playing a home series against Alabama, and it’s Parent’s Weekend. Beware of no parking.

The huge numbers are likely due to the fact that the game is free to attend (aside from the suites) for the first time in recent memory. Given that it’s Parent’s Weekend, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Kyle Field filled to near capacity. 100,000 at a Spring Game. Imagine that.

All of this doesn’t help the outside critics who like to poke fun at Aggies for having lofty expectations. I say screw ’em. Let us be excited for a national championship winning coach who seems to be turning things around already.

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Fisher doesn’t need to go undefeated and win a title in year one to justify his hiring. The fact that he’s changing the culture and doing well on the recruiting trail is justification enough . . . for now.

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