If you're tired from swaying and standing at A&M football games, now you can walk a hundred yards from Kyle Field to the 250-room Doug Pitcock '49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center. The name needs some work, but maybe the towels are bigger to accommodate the extra embroidery.
The Pitcock is built on the site of Cain Hall, the old athletic dorm at A&M, across the street from both the Memorial Student Center and Kyle Field. The hotel opens on August 27, just three days ahead of A&M's opener against Northwestern State.
According to the Bryan College Station Eagle; "Each hotel room has a large collage portraying aspects and photos of Aggie traditions, including yell leaders and class rings. The two-story bar, the first bar on campus, is named the Block T Bar after the classic Fightin' Texas Aggie Band formation. Each floor of rooms has a different Aggie-themed piece of artwork above the headboard of the beds. Every shower has a plaque reading "Gig "Em Aggies!" engraved over the shower control valve."
The hotel also has a rooftop pool in case you need to go to the restroom.
Cost of a night starts at $150 and go up to over $700 a night for the presidential suite. The entire project cost $134 million and includes a 1,400 car parking garage. If you're worried about how A&M will foot the bill, you haven't followed A&M's Scrooge McDuck-like assent to the high roller table of college football. Plus A&M offered an auction and lottery to get into the joint.
For a donation of $100,000 for standard rooms, an auction was held for a 10-year right to book hotel rooms or suites in the hotel throughout the year, including during home football games. Selection for the rooms was decided by an online auction and lottery with a deposit of $10,000 for "Century Level" rooms, the 11 suites and 36 guest rooms on the eighth floor will be available and $5,000 for standard rooms.
So does the right to "book a room" include the cost of the room itself?
If you didn't win the lottery, bummer but hey, at least you get your deposit refunded or you can get on a waitlist because that $100,000 is still burning a hole in your pocket. No word on whether bathrobes are included in the $100,000 price tag. We assume yes.