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AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Texas A&M has begun renovations which will increase the capacity of Kyle Field to 102,500. People in Austin have taken notice.

The athletics department at the University of Texas at Austin has begun a feasibility study on expansion of Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, which currently holds just over 100,000 fans.

The expansion would enclose the southern end of the stadium with a multilevel stand. Now, only a relatively small, bleacher-style stand and the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center sit in the stadium’s southern end.

“We continue to plan for the future of UT Athletics and work to provide a superior gameday experience for all our fans and stakeholders,” said Steve Patterson, Men’s Athletics Director. “The south end project is conceptual at this point. Any further planning will depend on a variety of factors to be studied over the next several months.”

A UT statement on Monday said the review will consider aspects such as financing and where parking and fan amenities displaced by the new Dell Medical School can be placed. The medical school is to be built just south of the stadium.

Any decision on whether to proceed with stadium improvements lies with the university administration and UT System regents.

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