Texas A&M is spending $450 million to renovate its amateur athletics venue Kyle Field. A&M Regent Jim Schwertner wants to rename it “Kyle Field: The House That Johnny Built.”
“I hope the Aggie Nation will come together and decide that’s something they want to do,” Schwertner said.
Our response: why not? Most athletics venues are now named after corporations or alums that write large checks. Schools are now selling naming rights for coaching positions, naming rights and lockers. This is no worse.
Moreover, Johnny Manziel has played a significant role in “building it.” Manziel’s Heisman year alone saw a $300 million increase in donations to Texas A&M. Of the $740 million total, $271.5 million went to the 12th Man Foundation, which is helping finance the stadium expansion. “Aggie Swag” before Manziel arrived was…this dude.
One potential problem: Uncle Nate owns the trademark to “House That Johnny Built.”
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