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Local business leaders discuss impact of Kyle Field renovations

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COLLEGE STATION- Now that Texas A&M is in the SEC, facility renovations to Kyle Field will be needed in the future and could move home games to another area.

Today community business leaders got together at the Hilton Hotel to talk about the impact the move could have.

"We know the benefits of moving to the SEC are going to bring to this community, and the university and nobody could be more excited than the business community," said Outback Steakhouse Proprietor Tap Bentz.

But a move to the SEC also means a challenge to the economy, with improvements to Kyle Field starting during the 2013 football season.

Economist are now researching how 90,000 empty seats at Kyle Field could impact not only Bryan/College Station but also the 7 counties in the Brazos Valley.

Local community leaders from all over the surrounding counties showed up at the Hilton to discuss the potential impacts of home games being moved to another city.

Diana Connor who represents 25 local restaurants in BCS said,"If they move the games to another area the impact we will see not only does it not bring people into the community, but it also will take local people away going to those games."

"It wasn't just the hotels and restaurants, we had the car industries, the bank industries and how it would effect the volunteer organizations." Bentz said, "Again we know A&M is important to us, but we don't always know how much."

Adam Sacks with Oxford Economics is gathering information to find out if businesses could survive the move.

"To what extent do businesses suffer? To what extent will households suffer? Will businesses go under? These are the questions that I think a decision as important as this needs definitive quantitative based answers for," Sacks said.

At the end of the day Texas A&M will decide where the games will be held during renovations.

Local business owners just hope this study will give them an opportunity to be heard.

"We felt it was important for business and industries to be represented so our voice could be heard as opposed to saying it would be devastating, we'll have numbers to back up our arguments," Bentz said. 

The BCS Chamber of Commerce and the Visitors Bureau hired Oxford Economics and say the findings will be presented at the end of August.