Beaumont woman sues A&M over lifetime seats at Kyle Field; Foundation seeking additional $120K to keep current spot

A woman has filed suit against Texas A&M University, saying she may lose prime football tickets she has held for more than 30 years. Mary Jane Zummo claims she and her husband donated $40,000 to the Texas A&M University 12th Man Foundation Permanently Endowed Scholarship Program in 1982.  In exchange for the contribution, Zummo and her husband were promised four football season tickets for home and road games for life, according to the complaint filed Aug. 2 in Jefferson County District Court. Zummo’s now deceased husband chose seats in the west side of Kyle Field on its second deck between the south 40 and 45 yard lines, the suit states. Now, however, the university is attempting to redevelop Kyle Field. In turn, the school is attempting to engage in a reseating process that would require Zummo to pay an additional $124,000 simply to retain her same seats for the next 10 years, the complaint says. “If this plan is permitted to move forward, the seat locations to which plaintiff is entitled under her agreement will be auctioned off, and plaintiff will forever lose the benefits for which she and her husband paid defendant,” the suit states. Zummo claims Texas A&M breached its contract with her. She is seeking actual damages within the jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus attorney’s fees, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just. She will be represented by Randall O. Sorrels and Clyde J. Jackson of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto &Friend in Houston and Claude M. McQuarrie III of McQuarrie Law Office in Porter. The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court. Several other lawsuits have been filed over the Kyle Field seating plan. One was filed in Harris County on July 24. Case No. A194-590

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