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Oklahoma Football Gets $160M for Flashy Upgrade to Stadium, Facilities

Wed September 27, 2017 - West Edition #20
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The University of Oklahoma broke ground on its $160 million South End Zone project in August 2015, and now it is nearly complete.
The University of Oklahoma broke ground on its $160 million South End Zone project in August 2015, and now it is nearly complete.

NORMAN, Oklahoma (AP) Oklahoma wanted a fresh, new look to maintain its place with the big boys, and now the Sooners have it.

The school broke ground on its $160 million South End Zone project in August 2015, and now it is nearly complete.

Last year, the project turned the stadium into a bowl and closed off the south end of Memorial Stadium for the first time since it opened in 1923. Oklahoma defeated Louisiana-Monroe 59-17.

Last September in the first game in the enclosed stadium. Early changes included new suites, loge boxes, club seats, an 8,500-sq.-ft. video board and concession areas.

As construction took place, the players used temporary locker rooms, and everything looked out of order.

Not anymore.

The most recent round of upgrades includes a new locker room, weight room, 70-yd. indoor turf practice field and lounge.

The updates go well beyond the visual. New technology allows the team to study such details as how much force a player uses when he runs. In all, the project covers 132,000 sq. ft.