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Official Review by Michael Davis, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
The Texas A&M Aggies softball complex has been home to the Texas A&M Aggies softball team since the field opened on March 30, 1994. The complex is a natural grass outfield featuring an 8-foot padded wall, enclosed press box behind home plate, sunken dugouts, and has a seating capacity of 1,750. There are also four lighted batting cages.
The field dimensions are 190 feet in right and left with a center field depth at 220 feet.
Texas A&M has hosted NCAA championships games inside the complex which include the following: NCAA Regionals in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013; and NCAA Super Regionals in 2007 and 2008.
The largest crowd to watch an Aggie softball game was in 2005 when 2,341 filled the complex vs Texas (April 27, 2005).
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The lone concession stand inside the complex is about as basic as one can get. It is located in a separate building behind the seating on the first base line. The most popular item seems to be the souvenir popcorn tub for $10.
The Slovacek sausages cost $5.50. The basic hot dog (Aggie dog), pretzel, peanuts, and candy round out at the menu at $4 each.
The soda products offered at the concession stand are Pepsi products, just like the rest of the Texas A&M athletics venues. The concessions offer two sizes; medium for $4 or the large which is the 12th man souvenir cup for $5.50. Aquafina bottled water costs $4.
Just as in all the other sports venues on the Texas A&M University campus, the Spirit of Aggieland lives on. The metal benches that make up the seating area are filled with shirts reading, "Howdy," "Gig'em," or just simply "Aggie Softball" in the traditional maroon and white colors.
The Aggie fans are loud, energetic, and supportive of the softball team. With every strikeout by the Aggie pitcher, the crowd looks for the person just outside the press box for a free t-shirts toss.
The Aggie War Hymn begins the top of the 7th inning, which includes the joining arms of fellow Aggies to swing back and forth in a sawing motion. The fans are sawing "Varsity" horns off, referring to the rival Texas Longhorns.
The Aggie Softball Complex is located in the shadows of Kyle Field, inside the Carolyn and Jack Little Athletic Complex, adjacent to Reed Arena and Blue Bell Park at the corner of Olsen Boulevard and Tom Chandler Drive in College Station, Texas.
College Station, and the nearby town of Bryan, is located in East Central Texas, about one and a half hours northwest of Houston. The two cities together are referred to as the Bryan-College Station metropolitan, making up the 16th largest metropolitan area in the State of Texas, with a population of approximately 170,000.
College Station is consistently listed among the great college towns and just north of Texas A&M University across University Drive is the Northgate District. The Northgate District provides many restaurants and bars for a pre and postgame atmosphere.
The Dixie Chicken, commonly referred to simply as "The Chicken," has been serving College Station since 1974. It's a great place to grab a beer before or after an event. The Dixie Chicken website claims of serving the most beer per square foot of any bar in the United States, and they also serve a variety of food selections at reasonable prices.
If the College Station restaurants/bars can't satisfy you, then it is a short four mile drive up North Texas Ave to Bryan, Texas, where C&J's BBQ would be a great option.
The Texas A&M University campus is a great way to spend time before or after an event or even spending an extra day. The one place on campus that is truly a must while visiting College Station is the bonfire memorial. The bonfire memorial is located next to the TAMU golf course; this memorial signifies the bond that all Aggies have with one another and is a tribute to those who died during a 1999 bonfire.
The campus also is home to the George Bush Presidential Library.
Texas A&M University is recognized as the home of the 12th man during football games as they are loud, energetic, and supportive to the team and fellow Aggies. The Aggie Spirit continues not just in football, but in all sports. There are no bandwagon fans when it come to the Aggies fans, and that is true of what you'll find at softball games. An Aggie fan is much more than buying the university apparel, either you are an Aggie or you're not. However they are friendly and respectful to visiting fans.
Parking is free on the days when there is no baseball or basketball game. Otherwise, the parking will cost $5. There is plenty of lot parking since no street parking is allowed around the area.
There are two entrances to the complex. The left field entrance will bring you through the walkway between the softball field and the Aggies soccer field, Ellis Field.
The softball, soccer, and track and field teams share the Carolyn and Jack Little Athletic Complex.
The right field entrance is located on Olsen Blvd. across from Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. This entrance will bring you pass the only concession stand and restrooms building on the first base side, next to the track and field venue seating.
TAMU softball tickets range between $5-$10. Parking will either be free or cost you $5, depending on the timing of other Aggie sporting events. The overall return on investment is outstanding. Texas A&M University participates in Flash Seats ticketing, a ticketless way to manage your ticket.
The history placed on the outfield's padded wall in right field includes the Aggies' three softball National Championships in the 1980's.
The Spirit of Aggieland "spirit can ne'er be told," and is worth an extra point.
The Aggie Softball Complex isn't an eye popper like Kyle Field or Blue Bell Park, but it is an outstanding venue where fans are close to the action. Top SEC softball action can be expected with a high return on investment. If you can find where both the baseball and softball teams are playing on the same day, then make a trip to College Station, it will be well worth your time to see a doubleheader.
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