Oklahoma's Memorial Stadium is getting a facelift and it's a pricy one. The Norman, Okla. based stadium is reportedly going to be renovated at the cost of at least $350 million, according to former Oklahoma quarterback-and-current-broadcaster Dean Blevins.
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According to the report, the renovations will begin at the conclusion of the 2014 season and will be finished before the start of the 2015 season. Oklahoma opens its 2015 campaign Sept. 5, 2015 against Akron.
Blevins, a KWTV sports anchor, reports 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.”
So what exactly will be renovated?
- Current suites will 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.
With the reported increased capacity, Oklahoma will move from having the 16th biggest stadium to the 12th largest, trailing only Texas (No. 7) in the Big 12.