OU stadium: Planning Improvements

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Reported by: Ron Terrell
Updated: 10/25/2013 7:14 pm Published: 10/25/2013 7:10 pm

School leaders across the nation are looking for new ways to improve the game-day experience, and in Norman Okla., OU is taking leaps to improving their stadium experience.

Every college football program in the country has its own unique atmosphere, but in Norman, OU fans are more than proud of their football team -- they're also proud of the stands they get to cheer in.

Cal Scolgeberg an OU professor, tells FOX23, "I love it being on campus. I think a lot of these schools are moving off-campus. It's a university, so it should be about the students."

However, some say there's room for improvement, especially when it comes to the south end zone.

Maegan Neihart, an OU student, explains, "I would really like to have a bowl stadium, like a whole oval rather than sectioned off. I feel like that would make the environment a lot better, and it would be a lot louder there."

Right now the university is preparing to conduct a study that will improve Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. According to a press release, the process will include a look at the state of the facility and its surroundings, including team facilities and seating options in all parts of the stadium. This research will include developing the concession stands and the press box.
The university has also hired a marketing firm to find out what fans want. For freshman Jay Snyder, it's all about winning championships: "I'm more of a football man, so I never go the concession stands, so I don't mind if they don't put any more in."

Currently, there's no timetable in place for the study to be completed.

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