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Oklahoma football: Joe Castiglione said changes to stadium will make most fans happy

Castiglione expects the vast majority of fans to be pleased with the changes that will make the game experience a more comfortable one. But Castiglione knows there will be people who will be unhappy with how the changes affect them.
by Ryan Aber Published: June 29, 2014

Several other factors will affect fans in other areas of the stadium.

Hand rails will be added around the stadium, and seat sizes will be made uniform.

While some bench seating will remain in certain areas of the stadium, the size of bench per seat is expected to be standardized at 18 inches when the renovations are complete.

That isn’t the case now.

Some bench seat spaces are as narrow as 14 inches. Some are 15 or 16 inches.

The addition of 43 restrooms, 11 elevators, 16 escalators, a new elevated concourse on the west side, 69 new concession points of sale and added wifi and cellular capabilities are meant to make the game experience more comfortable for fans.

“We’ve never, ever taken the support of our fans for granted,” Castiglione said. “I know something they’ll raise concerns. We know it; we hear it, and we want to hear from them. It’s a different world. It used to be where every Saturday, the football game started at the same time, no matter what. Now, they are at varying times.

“People have more demands themselves. People want more out of the game experience. There’s technology. There’s a lot of things. The concessions. The restrooms. Everything is important. Really every single thing is important because we want them to feel valued.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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