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Stadium Project Moves Forward

The first phase of the building project at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium will be completed prior to the 2016 season after the University’s Board of Regents today approved the design and development elements with an estimated project budget of $160 million. This facet of the project will focus on the south end zone.

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Stadium Project Moves Forward

The first phase of the building project at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium will be completed prior to the 2016 season after the University’s Board of Regents today approved the design and development elements with an estimated project budget of $160 million. This facet of the project will focus on the south end zone.
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CONCEPTUAL MASTER PLAN NOTES

The Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Conceptual Master Plan is conceptual at this point.

Any projects developed require University of Oklahoma Board of Regents’ approval and are based on available funding.

The starting date of the project has not been determined.


Our goal is to develop a world-class experience for student-athletes in both training and competition, as well as an unforgettable fan experience.

Current conceptualizations create 60,000 square feet of space to be made available for university academic purposes.

No state-appropriated funds and no funds from student tuition will be used. In addition to bonds, a significant part of the project will be funded by private fundraising.


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“It’s incredibly exciting. It shows you the great commitment that’s here at the University of Oklahoma from President Boren and the Board of Regents, through all the administration to continually push forward and pursue greatness.”
Head Coach Bob Stoops


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Providing our loyal legions of fans with the finest amenities while further enhancing an unrivaled football facility that attracts the best and brightest student-athletes to OU is an objective that Sooners everywhere will want to embrace with true Oklahoma passion.

– Joe Castiglione, University of Oklahoma Vice President for Athletic Programs

 



Let’s have the kind of stadium that is the best from the fan point of view and the player point of view, not necessarily the biggest.

– David L. Boren, University of Oklahoma President

 

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STUDENT-ATHLETE ENHANCEMENTS

Weight training and sport performance areas will triple in size and offer much greater flexibility. The weight room moves from approximately 9,000 square feet to 30,000 square feet (including office space).

Sports medicine is expanding and our nutritional offerings are growing, which means we can maintain health and rehabilitate at the highest level.

Our position meeting rooms, locker room, weight room and training room will all move to the first level of our facility and will be within a short walking distance of each other. We are going to maximize the use of time and create more convenience for the student-athletes.


High Performance Center

High Performance Center

High Performance Center

High Performance Center

Legends Lobby

Legends Lobby

Student-Athlete Commons

Student-Athlete Commons

Position Meeting Rooms

Position Meeting Rooms

High Performance Center

High Performance Center

Legends Lobby

Legends Lobby

Student-Athlete Commons

Student-Athlete Commons

Position Meeting Rooms

Position Meeting Rooms

High Performance Center

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High Performance Center

Speed Turf

High Performance Center

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“People don’t know what it means to be a champion. Oklahoma invented it.”
Barry Switzer, 1986

FAN AMENITIES

The current master plan is about enhancing the fan experience, and we do not expect any substantive change to the capacity.

A variety of seating options will be added to the stadium, giving OU fans more choices about how to experience Sooner gameday.

The stadium will add approximately 40 restrooms, and 70 points of sale for concessions and merchandise.


The new fan experience will be enhanced by up to 18 new elevators and 16 escalators.

Current conceptualizations include the addition of handrails throughout the stadium.

The Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Conceptual Master Plan calls for more and larger concourses through the venue.


South End Zone Interior

South End Zone Interior

South End Zone Exterior

South End Zone Exterior

South Fan Concourse

South Fan Concourse

View to Practice Fields

View to Practice Fields

South Fan Concourse

South Fan Concourse

West Stadium Fan Concourse

West Stadium Fan Concourse

Stadium from Southwest

Stadium from Southwest

South End Zone Interior

South End Zone Interior

West Stadium from South

West Stadium from South

West Stadium from North

West Stadium from North

South End Zone Exterior

South End Zone Exterior

Stadium from Southwest

Stadium from Southwest

Fan Plaza from South East

Fan Plaza from South East

Upper Concourse Fan Plaza

Upper Concourse Fan Plaza

South Fan Concourse

South Fan Concourse

View to Practice Fields

West Stadium Fan Concourse

South Fan Concourse

South Fan Concourse

West Stadium Fan Concourse

West Stadium Fan Concourse

BUILDING ON OUR HISTORY

“We have got to go ahead or go back, we can’t stand still.”
Bennie Owen, 1922

Since the first game was played there in 1923, Owen Field and Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium has been modified 11 times.

1921

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In 1921, University of Oklahoma students started a movement for construction of a student union. In 1922, Norman’s YMCA building burned to the ground and its officials joined forces with the University in a movement for a student union. Since a stadium was also needed, the Board of Regents in 1925 appointed trustees for a combined stadium/union memorial fund.


1923

1923
Capacity: ~500

The very first game played at the current site of Owen Field took place on October 20, 1923, before the stadium/union plan got under way. OU defeated Washington University of St. Louis, 62-7, before a few loyal fans on a bitterly cold day.


1925

1925
Capacity: 16,000

In 1925, the first contest (a 7-0 win over Drake) was played in front of the red tile, brick and reinforced concrete stands on the west side of the field. The 16,000-seat Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, named in honor of University personnel who died in World War I, was erected at a cost of approximately $293,000.

1928

1928
Capacity: 32,000

The biggest crowd to see a game in Owen Field’s west stadium was 16,235 in 1926 when Owen’s Sooners upset undefeated Missouri, 10-7. The east stadium was finished prior to the 1929 season and a new record throng of 18,346 saw the Sooners host Nebraska. With both sides finished, the stadium seated approximately 32,000.


1948

1948
Capacity: 55,647

OU President George Cross led a fight for expanded seating and in 1948, the outdoor track that surrounded the field was moved east across Jenkins Avenue (present site of John Jacobs Field). The gridiron was excavated six feet which provided room for 7,500 ringside seats. The north end of the stadium was enclosed and a press box was added.


1957

1957
Capacity: 61,826

In 1957, green grandstand bleachers were added to the south end of the field, enabling the stadium to hold 61,826 fans. Oklahoma’s famed Sooner Schooner first rolled across Owen Field during the 1964 season.

1975

1975
Capacity: 71,187

In time for the 1975 season, an upper deck and new press box were constructed on the west side of the stadium. Another 8,436 seats were added at a cost of $5.7 million. Capacity for that year’s National Championship season was 71,187.


1980

1980
Capacity: 75,004

Before the 1980 season, the old green bleachers in the south end zone were replaced with a permanent facility which boosted capacity to 75,004. In addition to improved seating, the complex included coaches’ offices, the weight room, meeting rooms, a training room, the equipment room and two locker rooms.


1995

1995
Capacity: 75,004

A stadium master plan was approved by the OU Board of Regents in June of 1994. Construction of nine west side suites began in April, 1995, and was completed that year. Eight of the suites seat 12 and the President’s suite seats 24.

1998

1998
Capacity: 72,765

Stadium capacity was decreased to 72,765 prior to the 1998 season to provide more wheelchair accessible seating. The Barry Switzer Center, named after the former OU head football coach, opened in April, 1999.


2003

2003
Capacity: 81,207

Nearly three decades after the West Upper Deck went up, the East Upper Deck was completed in 2003.


2004

2004
Capacity: 82,112

One year, later, the east side suites opened, bringing the stadium to its current capacity of 82,112.

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