A historical look at the numerous expansions and renovations that have transformed Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium into one of the greatest cathedrals in college football.
Joe Castiglione, OU’s Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics, Director of Athletics and Head Football Coach Bob Stoops comment on this once-in-a-lifetime conceptual plan.
A new main entrance to the OU Athletics administrative offices and a distinctive glass and brick façade will showcase a new south exterior of Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. This signature addition to OU’s iconic home field will face Lindsey Street as the facility further embraces the traditional Cherokee Gothic architectural motif exemplified in other structures across the University of Oklahoma campus.
The conceptual master plan outlines numerous amenities and upgrades that will enhance the fan environment on all seating levels.
An increase in the square footage of the stadium’s south end zone will feature an expansive 46,000-square foot fan plaza and a covered upper concourse. A major redevelopment of the Barry Switzer Center will also result in nearly 50,000 square feet of new space for student-athletes. Weight room facilities are slated to be enlarged, resulting in a year-round high-performance training, conditioning and speed enhancement center measuring 30,852 square feet.
Current conceptual renderings depict a seating bowl that will surround Owen Field as the south end zone becomes fully connected to the east and west stands. Although the capacity of the facility is not anticipated to change significantly, various new seating options will be available for Oklahoma fans and ADA accommodations will increase, as well.