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OU football: Joe Castiglione treads lightly in discussing football stadium renovations during Sooner Caravan event

“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.”
Oklahoman Published: May 13, 2014

/articleid/4815061/1/pictures/2642704">Photo - University of Oklahoma athletics director Joe Castiglione, the John L. Toner Award recipient, speaks during the 56th National Football Foundation Annual Awards ceremonies on Tuesday, Dec.10, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Jin Lee)
University of Oklahoma athletics director Joe Castiglione, the John L. Toner Award recipient, speaks during the 56th National Football Foundation Annual Awards ceremonies on Tuesday, Dec.10, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Jin Lee)

“I think people can begin to get excited about potential changes to the stadium in the future,” Boren told the Transcript.

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.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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