COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Football games in Aggieland (along with pre-game and post-game activities) are about to get more fun … and a lot more convenient.
Starting September 23, Fightin’ Texas Aggie fans and campus visitors will have the ability to place their deposits for a chance to secure guest room options at the new Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center that is being built across the street from Kyle Field, opening in the fall of 2018. The options, which start at donations of $100,000, will be valid for 10 years and will give holders the right to book hotel rooms or suites of their own at the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center for home football games – or for any other day of the year.
The guest room options provide consistent and dependable access to the closest hotel to Kyle Field and one of the most comfortable properties in the region. Just 96 yards from the gate of the stadium, the new 252,500 square-foot Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center will be eight stories tall and feature over 35,000 square feet of meeting and event space that includes an 8,300-square foot ballroom capable of accommodating 650 guests.
The hotel also will include a swimming pool, full-service restaurant, wine bar, coffee shop, gym, business center and a multi-level sports bar with indoor and outdoor space. The 250 guest rooms will have luxury amenities and will be decorated in Texas A&M’s colors of maroon and white with accents of gray.
Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp said the hotel and conference center will not only provide easy access to Aggie sporting events, but it also promises to help the University recruit talented students, world-class professors and top-tier staff.
“The new Texas A&M University Hotel and Conference Center will be a phenomenal addition to campus,” Chancellor Sharp said. “This will be a one-of-a-kind hotel that will benefit fans and the overall student experience at our great university.”
Anyone in the general public will have an equal shot at receiving a guest room option for one of the standard rooms, the Chancellor said.
Options for corporations and other individuals also will be available. Thirty-six “Century Level” rooms, 11 suites and two penthouses will be offered through an online auction.
Former students and fans will be able to secure a spot in the online auction or lottery beginning September 23. The date of the auction and lottery will be announced later in the Fall.
Here are some details on the process:
- Suites and “Century Level” Guest Rooms. To qualify for a suite or “Century Level” guest room option, prospective option holders will make a $10,000 deposit that will apply to the total donation. The suites and guest rooms will be distributed via an online auction on a platform similar to those found on popular charitable auction websites. Two penthouses, 11 suites and 36 eighth floor guest rooms will be available at auction.
- Standard Rooms. To qualify for a room option for the remaining rooms in the hotel, prospective option holders will make a $5,000 deposit. Those who enter the lottery will be randomly selected and will choose their room based on the order they are drawn. All lottery winners will make the same donation of $100,000 for these rooms. The deposit will apply to the total donation.
If prospective option holders do not win a room in the auction or are not selected in the lottery, they may choose to join the waiting list or receive a deposit refund.
Other universities in the Southeastern Conference, or SEC, have sold similar options at campus hotels, but none of the other schools’ facilities will compare to the Texas A&M University Hotel and Conference Center in terms of proximity to sporting events and amenities.
Chancellor Sharp said that the hotel and conference center is an example of how a public-private partnership can benefit the University, its students and the College Station area for years to come. Proceeds from hotel operations will be invested in education, research and service.
The hotel will be operated by Aggie-owned Benchmark Hospitality International. Benchmark, based in The Woodlands, is known for excellence, innovation and extraordinary guest service.
To see renderings, watch a video and learn more about property features, hotel amenities, and the option process, visit tamuhcc.com. People interested in more information can also use the link to sign up to be on the email list for regular updates. Prospective suite/room option holders will receive detailed information about the process including what steps must be taken to participate.
About The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $4.55 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the Texas A&M System educates more than 148,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $972 million in FY 2016 and helped drive the state’s economy.
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