PLANO, Texas — Many University of Oklahoma supporters gathered inside the Gleneagles Country Club started asking Joe Castiglione about football stadium upgrades before Tuesday’s Sooner Caravan event even began.
The OU athletic director addressed those questions very lightly during his remarks, saying he didn’t have anything significant to announce regarding facilities.
“We’re on the threshold of making that announcement here soon,” Castiglione said. “As you know, last fall we announced those plans were underway, and we’ve taken six-to-eight months or so for it to develop.
“I’m really excited about what’s transpired since then. It’s been a great project; a great experience. It’s comprehensive in nature.”
The athletic department began a feasibility assessment for football stadium improvements in October, with Populous, a Kansas City, Mo.-based architecture firm, being designated to review and upgrade the stadium’s “Master Plan.”
A local television report earlier this month said a massive plan for stadium upgrades and expansion had already been “approved” and could be ready as soon as the fall of 2015, but multiple sources have since told The Oklahoman that plans are still being developed.
New stadium suites, a new weight room and a new press box and enhanced fan amenities are top priorities for the project, which could include the bowling off of the South end zone.
Sources said last week that stadium upgrades still haven’t been through a competitive bidding process, and no items on the agenda of last Thursday’s Board of Regents meeting were about football stadium renovations.
After the meeting, though, OU president David Boren told The Norman Transcript that a plan could be presented to the regents at next month’s meeting in Ardmore.