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Thursday, November 26, 2009
Fans arriving early at Kyle Field

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- One thing that has always struck me about games at Kyle Field is how passionate the Texas A&M Aggies fans are.

It's still more than an hour before kickoff and the Aggies band already is seated and in place. There are more fans already in place in the stadium than you see in most places across the Big 12 this early.

But it still seems a little empty around here without the annual Aggie Bonfire.

This marks the 10-year anniversary of the Texas A&M bonfire collapse. It was one of the longest-running traditions in college football before the collapse on Nov. 18, 1999, that killed 12 people.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who served as a bonfire leader during his time at Texas A&M, has said he believes the tradition will return to campus in 2011 or possibly even next year.

The return would be one of the historic events in Texas A&M history. It would be an emotional event to be here if and when it ever returns.