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OU stadium upgrades still in planning stages

by Jason Kersey Modified: May 5, 2014 at 12:49 pm •  Published: May 5, 2014

Sources did confirm that bowling off the South end zone is a possibility that has been discussed, but added it isn't a lock to be included in final renovation plans.

Even if additional seats and suites are added, though, the stadium’s capacity isn’t expected to rise much beyond its current 82,112.

In October, the athletic department began a feasibility assessment for improvements to the football stadium’s “Master Plan,” which was developed in 1993 and updated in 2000.

Populous, a Kansas City, Mo.,-based architecture firm, developed the original plan and the 2000 upgrades, and the firm was designated in October to review and update it this time.

The stadium upgrades will represent the first major work on the football stadium in about a decade. Stadium capacity grew by nearly 10,000 when the east upper deck and suites were added in 2003 and 2004.

The OU Board of Regents is meeting in a few days in Norman, but sources with knowledge of the stadium renovation planning said if anything is discussed at this week’s meeting, it will be general and non-specific, as regents and donors haven’t seen any proposals or artist renderings yet.

When the plans are finalized and approved by the regents, one source said, money for the project will come through a fundraising campaign that hasn't even started yet.