The future stadium upgrades will be the first major work to the football stadium in about a decade. When the east upper deck and suites were added in 2003 and 2004, stadium capacity increased by nearly 10,000.
“There are two goals that we set out to try and attain through this process,” Castiglione said Tuesday. “One is to create world-class resources for our world-class student-athlete experience, and second was to create the experience that is second-to-none in the country.
“We are on our way to making that happen. We’ll announce that here very, very soon.”
Addressing boosters and OU supporters Tuesday night, Castiglione touted the athletic department’s recent on-field success and financial stability as proof that “we’re being good stewards of the support you give our university.”
The OU athletic department is one of only seven nationally that was profitable without relying on student fees or other subsidies.
“We don’t receive state appropriations,” Castiglione said. “We don’t receive tax dollars. We don’t receive financial support from the university, nor do we have any student fees that go to the support of intercollegiate athletics.
“Why that’s important is because your university program is making it on its own.”