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Report: Sooners set to embark on $350 million stadium expansion

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Memorial Stadium in Norman is getting set to undergo a major and pricey renovation, former Oklahoma quarterback-turned-broadcaster Dean Blevins reported overnight.

According to the KWTV sports anchor, multiple sources have confirmed that “a Master Expansion Plan for Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium has been approved and is expected to be announced at a future OU Board of Regents meeting.” The renovation would commence shortly after the final regular season game of the 2014 season (Dec. 6 versus rival Oklahoma State) and would be completed before the 2015 season opener Sept. 5 against Akron.

The price tag for first construction on the stadium in more than a decade? At least $350 million, possibly reaching $400 million.

Here’s a partial list of the work the renovation plans entail:

– Current suites are expected to be upgraded and updated while new suites will be added in the south end zone.
— New press box.
— “Substantial facilities upgrades in the south end zone, where the players currently dress, meet and press conferences are held, would result in a state-of-the-art weight room and training facilities – a huge recruiting tool in today’s environment.”
— Additional seating that would increase the capacity from 82,112 to more than 90,000.

The added seating would move OU from 16th in the country to 12th, trailing, from 1-11, Michigan, Penn State, Texas A&M (upon completion of Kyle Field’s renovation), Tennessee, Ohio State, Alabama, Texas, USC, Georgia, LSU and UCLA. The television station’s website notes that there is a waiting list in excess of 15,000 people for season tickets.

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19 Responses to “Report: Sooners set to embark on $350 million stadium expansion”
  1. thekatman says: May 5, 2014 2:47 PM

    And how much will the season ticket holders be assessed for the PSL and higher ticket prices to do this project?

  2. sallust99 says: May 5, 2014 3:00 PM

    College football has no PSL – you have donor seats and non-donor seats. With donor seats, you pay the donation every year – not one time. And yes the donation exceeds PSL each and every year depending on the quality of seats. Consider it an education on college football tickets. You’re welcome. #boomer

  3. thekatman says: May 5, 2014 3:17 PM

    PSLs are in the future of college football.
    They’re already discussing that at USC.

  4. sallust99 says: May 5, 2014 3:22 PM

    Why have PSLs when donor seats generate more money – and must be paid each and every year?

  5. thefiesty1 says: May 5, 2014 3:29 PM

    It’s basically a bribe (donation) every year just for the opportunity to keep the seats you had last season.

  6. 4512dawg4512 says: May 5, 2014 3:34 PM

    I could care less about PSL’s, this is an upgrade that is long overdue! I love this decision by OU #Sooner!!

  7. thekatman says: May 5, 2014 4:47 PM

    I don’t know how you Sooner fans [ay for tickets, but at USC, there are the usual athletic booster seats that demand a premium for tickets and the annual “donation”, but we also have tons of seats that are just paid for by the cost of the season ticket set. No other donations are required.

    Alabama may bot have PSLs in place, but they might as well, considering you have to pay for the right to purchase season tickets every year, for every seat, not just the seats between the 40’s or the 20’s for that matter, before you can purchase your season tickets.

    As these newly refurbed college football stadiums come online, the cost has to be born by someone and the school is going to pass that cost on to the fan base in some form of fashion.

    Of curse, if your CFB team is located in a rural community, like Tuscaloosa, Norman, South Bend, Happy Valley, Knoxville, College Station, etc…. you get my drift, the fan base will do just about anything to get seats to “the big game”, because that’s the only game in town.

    Anyways, sports fans, just food for thought and nothing more than that.

    Fight On, and be good to each other.

  8. sallust99 says: May 5, 2014 4:50 PM

    katman – a little team called the Oklahoma City Thunder play less than 30 minutes up the road from Memorial Stadium in Norman. Perhaps you have heard of them? Just fyi . . . we are crazy fans, but please don’t make us sound like we live in “the sticks.” Thanks.

  9. thekatman says: May 5, 2014 5:14 PM

    I stand corrected sall*.
    But that’s like the Los Angeles Angeles of Anaheim? lol

  10. Kevin S. says: May 5, 2014 5:24 PM

    I’m confused – I thought if we paid football players, there wouldn’t be any money left over for women’s crew.

  11. puigzig says: May 5, 2014 7:12 PM

    How about SPENDING SOME OF THIS MONET TO REBUILD FROM THE TORNADOS and provide help for the under privileged an needy????

    These morons at OU are so blinded by athletics, they lose sight of what is really meaningful, instead of helping the people of OKLAHOMA

  12. dwhit67 says: May 5, 2014 9:00 PM

    Puigzig. . .spend your own “monet” on tornado relief. Just because a tornado hit the area close by doesn’t mean all building ceases. Should homeowners in Moore stop adding a new kitchen or bathroom to their home because someone else was hit by a tornado? Use your head.

  13. soonerbassist says: May 5, 2014 9:56 PM

    As someone who lives in Norman, I’ve driven by the damaged part of Moore since the tornadoes have come through. Things are on the mend and people are moving back in to the area.
    Also, as someone who attends OU, this upgrade is greatly needed. If you haven’t been in the stadium recently, you have no idea how badly this needs to happen.

  14. puigzig says: May 6, 2014 2:21 AM

    Dwhit67

    My head tells me there are better ways to spend this kind of money…. you obviously have a pea-sized brain in your worthless skull

  15. 8to80texansblog says: May 6, 2014 12:34 PM

    @thekatman

    Of curse, if your CFB team is located in a rural community, like Tuscaloosa, Norman, South Bend, Happy Valley, Knoxville, College Station, etc…. you get my drift, the fan base will do just about anything to get seats to “the big game”, because that’s the only game in town.
    ________________________________

    You realize that VAST majority of people attending these games don’t actually live in the college town, right? At A&M for example, the population of College Station more than doubles when the Aggies play. These are fans that travel from Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and other cities and towns, many of which are hundreds of miles away.

    People don’t go to games in these places because “it’s the only game in town”… they pay extremely exorbitant ticket prices and drive for hours to see their team play because of school pride.

    Schools charge these “Donor Seat” prices and eventually PSLs because they know we’ll pay it. We’ve proven it time and time again. At A&M, ALL seats require an annual donation. Some as low as $25 but every season ticket holder is required to donate to the 12th Man Foundation.

  16. mediocrebob says: May 6, 2014 1:44 PM

    But at U$C you can walk up and buy tickets at the stadium to basically whatever game you want bc Trojan fans are a joke. Oklahoma…different story.

  17. coolhorn46 says: May 9, 2014 12:36 PM

    @ mediocrebob…There’s a big difference between L.A. and OKC. Oklahoma City isn’t the boonies, but doesn’t offer close to the kind of entertainment options L.A. does.

    OKC has the Thunder during basketball season, and they have AAA baseball. OU football’s a big deal north of the Red River because it’s a primary entertainment option, because they’ve generally been successful, and because, excepting OSU and Tulsa fans, they offer the most high profile college team in that neighborhood for fans to bond with.

    Football’s not a small-time entertainment out on the coast, but there are a LOT more things for L.A. residents to get into than just USC or UCLA football. Obviously, L.A. folks don’t even miss having a pro football team all that much, despite the fact L.A.’s the largest market without a pro team.

    Comparing L.A.’s college football scene to that of OKC is like comparing apples to oranges…two entirely different things.

  18. southernpatriots says: May 12, 2014 5:32 AM

    LSU has their expansion ready to go this fall and of course in time for Oklahoma coming. Oklahoma will have their renovations and expansions completed well before LSU’s coming there. A good deal for both schools.

    The older I get the more I want to sit nearer the field, so these expansions will not benefit me until they start renovating the sideline and lower level seating, but I am sure it is good to help revenue and compete for the elite players, TV contracts, etc.

  19. manik56 says: May 12, 2014 7:20 PM

    Ohio State is expanding too. Will remain in front of aTm.

    http://thelantern.com/2014/01/9m-ohio-stadium-project-add-seats-lights/

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