Oklahoma State University (OSU) has engaged stadium and event architecture company Populous and locally-based construction firm FLINTCO to carry out a $55m (£45.8m/€53m) renovation of Boone Pickens Stadium.
With the conclusion of the 2022 home college football season, Oklahoma State Athletics is beginning the multi-year upgrade to the seating bowl of the stadium. Each stage of the process will take place during the winter, spring and summer months and not interfere with OSU’s home schedules.
The first year of the process will focus on the north side of Boone Pickens Stadium, the 55,500-capacity venue the Oklahoma State Cowboys have called home since 1920.
The first phase of construction will begin with the removal of seating treads and risers from the 200 level seats above the cross aisle and portions of the 300 level. The new seating treads increase leg room by six inches. New lower vomitories will align with the existing upper vomitories and additional aisles will be constructed to reduce the number of seats between aisles. All aisles will have handrails installed.
All of the bench seating will be replaced with the same contoured bench currently in place in the west end zone. In addition, several sections will include replacement of bench seating with permanent chair-back seats.
Wheelchair and companion seating will be added to the upper cross aisle. Lighting on the plaza (entry) level of the north side will be replaced with new LED lighting.
OSU said the first phase of the process is expected to conclude late in the summer of 2023, with the second phase to begin following the final home game of the 2023 football season.
“We already have one of the best stadiums in college football with a great home-field advantage,” said OSU athletic director Chad Weiberg. “The renovation will continue to modernise Boone Pickens Stadium and to maximise the fan experience and meet their evolving expectations.”
Yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) announcement represents the latest in a multi-year effort to upgrade the fan experience in Boone Pickens Stadium.
Other recent improvements include the installation of one of the largest video boards in college football and numerous upgrades to concessions and food options, including alcohol sales in the main bowl.