Why so loud?
The noise level inside Boone Pickens Stadium has always gotten a little boost from the brick wall of Gallagher-Iba Arena on the football field's east end.
But now, that wall is going to have even more of an impact.
The fans occupying the 15,300 seats in the new west end zone will be yelling directly into Gallagher-Iba, and the reverberation now has nowhere to escape from the stadium.
"This is a loud stadium to play in, to start with,” head coach Mike Gundy said. "With the enclosure... there should be some good crowd noise. It should be an advantage for us.”
Gundy and the Cowboys certainly hope so. OSU struggled with the noise in Seattle last week and would like to share that misery with Houston today.
Players are noticing the echoes even during practice.
"I really noticed it in the spring game,” said junior running back Keith Toston. "We had a lot of fans come out, and it was pretty loud then. And it was nowhere close to being full in the stands.
"I want to see how loud it can get in this place. I expect it to be a whole lot louder when our defense is on the field.”