Oklahoma Memorial Stadium has opened for the 2016 season with the Oklahoma University (OU) Sooners football team playing for the first ever time while completely surrounded by their fans.
Designed by Populous and new for this year, the US$160m south end zone was completely reimagined, and the previously open corners filled to complete the seating bowl.
This enclosure nudged the capacity up from 82,112 to 83,489, but the project’s primary purpose was not to simply add seats.
The space was completely redesigned, and in addition to the expanded seating, features a sun canopy, field-view concessions plazas, premium club spaces, and a new, larger video board.
Joe Castiglione, Vice President and Director of Athletics for the University, said:
When you think about what this project has been since we broke ground (last August), it’s truly amazing. This is a whole different viewing experience.
The south end zone’s new, grand main entrance and infrastructure will be completed sometime this spring, and student-athletes from each OU sport will benefit from the space. The ground floor will include a new locker room, coaches’ offices, meeting rooms, a massive weight room, a nutrition center, a 70-yard turfed speed and agility area, plus a 24,394-square-foot training room that’s nearly triple the size of their previous training room.
The third floor of the building will house the football offices and the team’s video department.
Populous has been the only architect to have worked on Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium over the last 30 years and hrough the now complete seating bowl the Sooners football team enters a new era, surrOUnded by their fans.
PROJECT COST: $160 Million
GROUNDBREAKING: August 2015
COMPLETION: Stadium: September 2016, Exterior and Team Facilities: February 2017
TOTAL SQ. FOOTAGE: 382,500sq ft
TRAINING FACILITY: 24,500sq ft
SEATING CAPACITY: 83,198
ADDED CLUB SEATS (SEZ): 1,800
ADDED LOGE BOXES: 66 private boxes for 320 people
ADDED SUITES: 20 traditional, 2 corporate
ADDED RESTROOMS: 7 Men, 8 women, 11 family
VIDEOBOARD: 7,876sq ft
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Walter P. Moore
ASSOC. STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: KFC Engineering
MEP ENGINEER: Henderson Engineers
CIVIL ENGINEER: Cardinal Engineering
AUDIO VISUAL: WJHW
FOOD SERVICE: S2O Consultants
Populous will be sponsoring the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference and exhibition, which will take place in the Yokohama Arena, City of Yokohama, Japan, from 26-28 September 2016.