Plan may let Aggies save pieces of beloved, demolished coliseum
Updated 12:41 am, Thursday, July 18, 2013
As workers finalize plans to demolish the landmark G. Rollie White Coliseum to make way for a renovated Kyle Field in College Station, fond memories of the venue may be officially preserved.
Texas A&M University officials are weighing a plan to save some of the debris and turn it into memorabilia to be made available to loyal Aggies.
"Various possibilities regarding G. Rollie White Coliseum memorabilia have been discussed, but no decisions have been made," TAMU spokesman Lane Stephenson said Wednesday in an email. "We're still a few weeks away from reaching that phase of the project."
Students and alumni at the university have fond memories of the "Jolly Rollie," home to Texas A&M's volleyball team from the squad's inception in 1975 until 2009. The building, constructed in 1954, is located just north of Kyle Field.
Crews have already begun preliminary work to tear down the coliseum on Saturday, July 27, to clear the way for the Kyle field expansion project. University officials approved the project in November 2012, which included plans to demolish the coliseum.
If the memorabilia idea is approved, workers will salvage items such as bricks, tiles and flooring that will be turned into keepsakes. The debris is expected to be cleared before Aug. 31, when the Aggies take on the Rice Owls in the first home football game.