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OU football: Upgrades to Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium might be in the works

There are plenty of areas where the stadium could use improvements and upgrades, which is why the athletic department will soon begin a feasibility assessment for improvements. The Board of Regents reviewed plans for the assessment at Wednesday's meeting in Lawton.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: October 23, 2013

“I think it'll definitely help and help recruiting,” coach Bob Stoops said of the potential stadium upgrades. “I think everything here … is as good as there is in the country. But there's other things. I won't be specific about it but it will be a major positive for everybody in this building.”

The coming assessment will consider virtually every aspect of the stadium's features and operations, including team facilities, fan amenities, concessions and the press box.

Oklahoma developed its football stadium “Master Plan” in 1993, with early projects including the Barry Switzer Center, west-side suites and turf replacement, among others.

The Master Plan was updated in 2000, with those upgrades being completed in 2003.

Populous, a Kansas City, Mo.,-based architecture firm, will review and update the Master Plan. The same firm developed the original plan and the 2000 upgrades.

Funding for the 2013 Master Plan update is already available from the Athletics Department capital fund.

Although he isn't in favor of the stadium getting much bigger, Switzer didn't mince words when it came to discussing the stadium's press box.

“It's a wart sitting on a princess; that's the first thing cosmetically,” Switzer said. “They all know that. Getting rid of a press box doesn't help you recruiting. It doesn't get you a player or lose a player. But it does build new suites; it could generate the income to build itself.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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