ARDMORE — The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents approved massive upgrades to Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium totaling $370 million at Wednesday morning’s meeting.
The construction will include a new south end zone complex that will fill in the open corners, creating a full bowl, and substantial additions to team facilities below the south stands. Those facilities will include a new weight room, equipment room, new team areas, coaches’ offices and the relocation of the athletic offices that are currently housed in the north end zone.
Other projects will include demolishing the current press box and constructing a new one, expanded fan concourses and new fan plazas.
Other additional amenities will include additional restrooms, concession stands, guest services and team stores.
Speaking to the regents, coach Bob Stoops said the upgrades are necessary and will provide a huge boost to recruiting.
“I'm excited about the noise it’s going to create, the excitement it’s going to create for recruits,” Stoops said.
The funds for this project will come from a combination of private funds, revenue bonds and other athletic funds. University President David Boren acknowledged to the regents that these are difficult times when it comes to higher education funding, and stressed that no public funds will be used for any part of the project.
“I want to stress, no state dollars are involved in this,” Boren said. “No tuition dollars are involved in this.”