OU's Memorial Stadium Renovation Nears Completion


Tuesday, July 14th 2009, 12:44 pm
By: News On 6


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NORMAN, OK - The latest phase of OU's multi-million dollar stadium renovation is almost complete with a new players' lounge, video system and meeting room. 

Phase IV of the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium project totals $15 million, bringing the total for all improvements to the stadium and its support areas to more than $125 million since 1998. 

Officials expect the current work to be completed in August.

The latest renovations include:

  • A 9,000 square-foot football locker room, which also includes grooming areas, cold plunge hydrotherapypools, and players' lounge.
  • A 10,000 square-foot athletic training space to include additional hydrotherapy for all teams.
  • A 6,500 square-foot equipment room.
  • A 4,000 square-foot team meeting room equipped with the latest technology, sound, and video equipment, and seating for more than 200 added to the more than 8,000 square feet of existing team meeting rooms
  • Expansion and HD and other technology-driven enhancements to the SoonerVision studio and production facilities.

The total cost of all of the projects exceeds $200 million, which was derived from private contributions and revenue applied from athletics department capital funds.

"The generous support of our donors and fans has driven our ability to plan and complete projects in a timely, well-conceived manner," said Vice President for Athletics Programs and Athletics Director Joe Castiglione. 

"Our Sooner Club membership, one of our sources of capital funds, exceeds 10,000 individuals. There is strength in numbers, and we appreciate their continued support."

Plans also call for a $5.5 million boat house to be built along the banks of the Oklahoma River to house the department's latest sport addition, women's rowing, which competed for the first time in 2008-09.