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Castiglione, Stoops Comment on Plan

Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics,
Director of Athletics – Joe Castiglione

“President Boren and the OU Board of Regents have once again exemplified their ongoing commitment to providing a first-class experience for our student-athletes and our great fans at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium by their endorsement of this ambitious project.

“Along with head coach Bob Stoops and our OU Athletics staff, we enthusiastically embrace the challenge of further accentuating the many qualities that distinguish Oklahoma’s iconic cathedral of college football.

“Dating back to the humble origins of the football program in 1895 and the inception of Owen Field in 1923, the cooperative spirit between the University of Oklahoma and generations of devoted fans has served as the bedrock upon which legendary coaches have painstakingly constructed a football legacy rich with championship tradition and unparalleled individual achievement.

“The Sooners have risen to the occasion time and time again to maintain the University of Oklahoma’s place among the elite programs in college football. This latest endeavor exemplifies the progressive spirit of our University and the continued dedication of OU Athletics to provide the resources necessary for our student-athletes to pursue the loftiest dreams and aspirations.

“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.”

Head Coach – Bob Stoops

“It’s incredibly exciting. It shows you the great commitment that’s here at the University of Oklahoma from President Boren through all the administration to continually push forward and pursue greatness. I think it also speaks to our support structure, our fan base and our alumni base throughout the country to be able to put forth a project like this. It’s going to be great for everybody.

“You look back at over 100 years of football at Oklahoma and the stadium expansions that have happened throughout the years, it’s really pretty special. This is probably the piece that will complete it, so it’s really exciting to be having this done at this time for this group of people and for our fan base.

“It’s really quite amazing in my going on 16 years how the stadium has changed. From the cinder block facade out front when I first arrived here to the addition of the east deck on with the suites, the facade that’s there right now really blends with the University. It’s already improved over the years and this is just another big piece of it.

“The part I’m most excited about is the player piece of it. We’re really upgrading everything where our student-athletes work in on a daily basis from the training room to the strength and conditioning area. It will be much improved and enhanced. The meeting rooms will be larger and bigger, as well as the locker room. Every piece that the players utilize on a daily basis will be improved and upgraded for them. I know they are incredibly excited about it, as well.”