Report: Future site of Arkansas-Texas A&M rivalry uncertain
As Texas A&M prepares to open its SEC schedule against Arkansas on Saturday, serious questions about whether the series will continued to be played in the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium have surfaced after Aggies athletic director Eric Hyman weighed in on the subject.
With an expensive refurbishing of Kyle Field now in the books, Hyman is hesitant to have his school continue playing the Southwest Classic within the garish confines of “Jerry World” — a colloquial reference to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ stadium. From a column by Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News:
“I’m constantly re-evaluating,” Hyman said Tuesday. “Circumstances may change two, three, four, five years from now.”
According to Hairopoulos, Texas A&M and Arkansas have signed a contract with the Cowboys to play in Arlington through the 2024 season.
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long expressed his desire to adhere to that deal, but his school would perhaps have more to gain from the agreement than Texas A&M. Razorback Stadium has a capacity of 72,000, while the Kyle Field expansion allows it to seat a maximum of 102,733 fans, per Hairopoulos.
Arkansas would also likely benefit more from playing in the prospect-rich state of Texas, given its geographic recruiting disadvantages.
Arkansas leads the overall series 41-27-3 entering this year’s matchup, although Texas A&M has won the last three games under coach Kevin Sumlin.