The University of Oklahoma’s Board of Regents has approved OU Athletics’ proposal to renovate the Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
The renovation master plan, developed by Populous, includes enclosing the south end zone to form a continuous bowl, upgrading amenities on all seating levels and expanding the areas used by Oklahoma student-athletes and others.
The entire renovation plan is expected to cost around $370m, which will be mostly met by private fundraising.
In order to give the stadium a continuous seating bowl shape, the south end zone will be connected with the east and west stands.
Though the 82,112 seating capacity of the stadium will not be affected, various new seating options will be made available for Oklahoma fans, including chair-back seating.
For Oklahoma student-athletes, the restroom facilities will increase by 43 locations, while 69 additional points of sale for concessions will be added for the fans.
The stadium’s south end zone will gain a 46,000ft² fan plaza and a covered upper concourse. Additionally, the redevelopment of the Barry Switzer Center will create nearly 50,000ft² of space for student-athletes.
Oklahoma Memorial Stadium will also be added to with 16 moving stairways and 18 new elevators.
Media, broadcast and game operations areas on the west side of the stadium will be completely reconstructed with an extra 32,000ft² of space.
The redevelopment project will include the creation of around 60,000ft² of university academic space inside the north end of the stadium, after the administration offices are relocated to the south end zone.
The current football operations area will house 11 new meeting rooms, new medical training, equipment and football operations facilities, new coaching offices and meeting space.
During redevelopment, the south end zone of the stadium will receive a new 8,750ft² video board, where SoonerVision will display replays, stats and various in-game multi-media entertainment.
The master plan is subject to review and approval by the OU Board of Regents, in compliance with university policy.
Image: Artist’s rendering of the Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Oklahoma, US. Photo: courtesy of Oklahoma Athletics.