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OU announces August completion for stadium renovations

JOHN HELSLEY Modified: July 14, 2009 at 11:48 pm •  Published: July 14, 2009
NORMAN — The Sooner football experience — for players and fans — keeps getting better.

Oklahoma is nearing completion on Phase IV of its Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium agenda, a project pumping $15 million of upgrades into the locker room, training area, equipment room, meeting room and SoonerVision studio.

In an effort spanning 11 years, the four phases of stadium improvements total more than $125 million, part of an overall plan that has seen more than $200 million spread across each of OU's athletic facilities.

Funds for the work came from both private donations and revenue applied from athletic department capital funds.

Officials expect the current work to be completed in August. Plans also call for a $5.5 million boat house along the bank of the Oklahoma River to support women's rowing.

"The generous support of our donors and fans has driven our ability to plan and complete projects in a timely, well-conceived manner," OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a statement. "Our Sooner Club membership, one of our sources of capital funds, exceeds 10,000 individuals.

"There is strength in numbers and we appreciate the continued support."

OU's vision for improvements extends into future years.

"By positioning ourselves so well now," Castiglione said, "we can again look to the future and a number of other goals we want to fulfill.

"We are deeply committed to our student-athletes and will continue this approach that allows them and our fans to enjoy their OU experience in the best facilities possible."


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