Oklahoma football: Board of Regents approve $370 million stadium projects; now begins the fundraising to make it happen

by Jason Kersey Published: June 25, 2014

The plan approved Wednesday has been in the planning stages for months, and Castiglione said it was drawn up to give his department flexibility with its implementation.

“This conceptual plan … is designed to allow us to move forward in any phase we want, depending on the amount of funding that is available,” Castiglione said. “It could be done in two phases or it could be done in a singular phase. We’ve basically created the most amount of flexibility, allowing us to maximize the generous gifts of people that support our program and moving forward, hopefully in an accelerated fashion.”

If forced to incrementally implement the plan, Castiglione said OU would first tackle the south end zone renovation, then the press box and then make smaller changes to the north and east sides of the stadium.

Boren said he hoped the work in the south end zone would be completed by the start of the 2016 season, with construction beginning after the upcoming season is completed.

Overall stadium capacity isn’t expected to increase by much if at all.

“We had a little bit of a hint that the stadium capacity, while it might change in a small way, wasn’t going to be part of it,” Castiglione said. “We set out to make it a better experience for our fans, and we certainly have done that when you look at everything that was presented, whether it is the services, the concessions, embracing of the technology; it’s a way that fans want to experience the game.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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