NORMAN — Anticipated upgrades to Oklahoma Memorial Stadium are included on the agenda posted for next week’s University of Oklahoma’s Board of Regents meetings.
The regents will meet in Ardmore beginning on Monday. Included with the stadium renovation discussion is a review of contracts and compensation for OU’s athletic department personnel, including head coach Bob Stoops and his football staff.
The school has targeted “significant student-athlete, team, operations and stadium improvement projects” that will combine “new state-of-the-art features and elements to create an enhanced experience for OU’s athletic teams, students, student-athletes, alumni, fans, and visitors,” according to the agenda.
OU has not officially released a project cost.
President David Boren hinted at the stadium’s new look while telling the Norman Transcript last month, “I think people can begin to get excited about potential changes to the stadium in the future.”
Boren told the newspaper he didn’t expect the stadium’s seating to grow much beyond its current capacity of 82,112. He said the construction of new suites on the west side, along with a new press box, were planned, as well as more chairback seating.
Boren said the school is focused on being fan-friendly, and it wants more comfort in seating as well as better accessibility to concessions and restrooms.
Bowling in the south end zone, which would enclose the stadium, could be a possibility.
Upgrading some of the football program’s facilities is listed.
The agenda states that existing space in the stadium’s north end zone will be renovated to house academic aspects of the university.
The conceptual project elements, in detail, will be presented to the board. Per approval, the updates will be placed on the university’s campus master plan of capital projects.
The agenda says it is anticipated the board will be presented with a recommendation at a September meeting for selection of a construction management firm to provide services for the projects. Funding for architectural services and project development is available from OU’s athletic department capital funds.
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