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Oklahoma State football: A look at the recent facilities upgrades, what's next at OSU

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Modified: August 29, 2013 at 9:00 am •  Published: August 25, 2013

*Boone Pickens Stadium: The opening of the West End Zone and official dedication capped off the stadium's overhaul in 2009. The renovation gave the facility a brick exterior that is aesthetically pleasing and matches the rest of campus. The capacity increased to 60,218. And it still features the tightest sidelines in all of football.

*Locker room: The 14,000 square feet includes a players' lounge with couches and televisions, along with ventilated lockers. It is flanked by the weight room, equipment room and training room.

*Weight room: Encompasses 20,000 square feet and is steps away from the Boone Pickens Stadium tunnel.

*Training room: Includes multiple tables for taping and treatment, along with four hydrotherapy pools.

*Training table: Dining center that can seat more than 200 and overlooks the stadium.

*Meeting rooms: Includes a 200-seat, theatre-style room for team meetings, along with individual rooms for offense and defense and each position group.

To-do list

OSU athletic director Mike Holder said the biggest key now is consistent upkeep of the facilities the Cowboys already have.

But upgrades to Boone Pickens Stadium are coming this fall.

Twelve suites have been added, while eight more that can open in the next year or so. Additionally, the stadium's video boards have been expanded. Advertising will take up the “new” portions, freeing up the space that makes up the size of the “old” boards to be used solely for game action and replays.


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