NORMAN, Okla. — The University of Oklahoma is considering a makeover to the Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium to improve recruiting and the fans’ experience, officials say.
But one Sooner legend believes Owen Field would suffer from adding more seats.
The OU Board of Regents are looking at upgrading seating capacity, player facilities, as well as the press box.
Former football coach Barry Switzer agrees with updating the players’ facilities and credits Oklahoma State’s renovations with improving the Cowboys’ recruiting.
But he says if OU adds more seats, it would hurt the demand for tickets and they’ll risk not selling out games, as we’ve seen in Stillwater.
“I think it should be limited,” Switzer said Thursday. “I don’t ever think it should be more than 90 thousand (seats). We’ve got plenty. We’re not a large state.”
WWLS “The Sports Animal” radio host Al Eschbach disagrees.
“I think there’s still a demand (for tickets) and as long as they keep winning, you could add ten thousand more seats and people are going to come,” he said. “Kids are different these days. They want more. They want the glitter. So it’s a little bit different than just tradition and winning. They want some glitter.”
OU officials would only release a statement from Athletic Director Joe Castiglione, saying “We’re initiating a comprehensive review of one of the most tradition-rich sporting venues in the country and our ability to attract and train the country’s top student-athletes and serve the best fans in college football.”
OU officials say the university is using a consulting firm “to ensure a fiscally responsible approach.”