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History | Attendance

NOTE I have removed some information that is available on the official OU site.

Longest Losing Streaks
  • 8: 1995 Colorado to 1996 Texas Tech
  • 5: 1960 Missouri to 1961 Colorado
  • 3: 1997 Kansas State to 1997 Texas A&M
  • 3: 1981 Nebraska to 1982 USC
  • 3: 1923 Kansas to 1924 Central Oklahoma
  • 2: 1998 California to 1998 Colorado
  • 2: 1970 Oregon State to 1970 Kansas State
  • 2: 1932 Missouri to 1932 Nebraska
Expansions/Renovations

2001
Red brick facade is added to the retaining wall around the field.

1998
Two wheelchair-accessible ramps and seating areas are added to the lower part of the east stands (reduced capacity by approximately 2,012).

The Barry Switzer Center is opened in April.

1997
The 22-year-old south scoreboard is replaced.

Permanent lights are added to the northwest, northeast, southwest, and southeast corners. The two poles on the south end are slightly shorter than the others.

1995
Nine suites are added below the press box. Eight of the suites have a capacity of 12, and one can hold 24 (increased capacity by approximately 120, although some bench seats may have been removed during construction).

1994
Grass (prescription turf) is installed.

1981
Undesirable south end zone seats are removed (reduced capacity by 227).

Artificial turf is replaced with Super turf.

1980
South end zone facility added (increased capacity by approximately 3,817). The complex includes coaches’ offices, the weight room, meeting rooms, a training room with a walk-in whirlpool, the equipment room and two locker rooms.

The 'legs' of the free-standing south scoreboard are removed it is located at the top of the new south end zone seating. The speakers are moved to the top of the left and right columns of the press box (?).

1975
The west upper deck, press box, and two new scoreboards ($322,300), are added at a total cost of $5,726,345 (increased capacity by approximately 9,361; 8,436 according to OU).

Mid-1970s (1975?)
Original retaining wall is removed from the east and west stands, creating row 10A (increased capacity by approximately 500).

1970
Artificial turf (Astro/Tartan Turf) is installed at a cost of approximately $250,000.

1957
Permanent south end zone bleachers are added (increased capacity by approximately 6,179).

1949
Running track is removed, and the field is lowered by six feet. This adds 10 rows to the east and west stands (approximately 7,500 seats). At the same time, the north end is enclosed (total capacity increased by approximately 23,647).

The south end was not enclosed because it was thought that it would interfere with the three north-south practice fields. Later on, the location of the baseball field may have deterred any expansion (left field line would have be shortened considerably).

1929
East stands are built (62 rows, 16,000 seats). Cost of east and west stands is approximately $288,000 to $293,000.

1925
West stands are built (62 rows, 16,000 seats).

1923
East bleachers seat about 500.

Rough Capacity Estimate if South End Zone Were Enclosed

In 1949, the north end zone was enclosed and 10 rows were added to the east and west sides (see below). The total capacity increase was 23,647. Subtract the approximate increase provided by the 10 rows on the east and west (7,500), then the north end zone provided about 16,147 extra seats.

In 1957, bleachers were added to the south end zone. This increased capacity by about 6,179. In 1980, the bleachers were replaced by the current structure which increased capacity by about 3,817. Total capacity for the current south end zone structure: 9,996.

Subtracting the total of the 1957/1980 expansions -- 9,996 -- (assuming a one-to-one replacement of the bleacher seats in 1980) from the 1949 total -- 16,147 -- produces an estimated increase of 6,151 if the south were enclosed (also assuming a one-to-one match of the north end zone). Add that to the current capacity of 82,112, and the new capacity would be around 88,263. Add about 2,000-3,000 that's always added to the official capacity (workers and media?), and the official game attendance for sellouts would be over 90,000.


Capacity

 

Seasons

82,112

 

2004-??

81,207

 

2003

72,765

 

1998-02

74,897*

 

1995-97

74,777*

 

1981-94

75,004

 

1980

70,286*

 

1975-79

61,826

 

1963-74

61,724

 

1957-62

55,647*

 

1949-56

32,000

 

1929-48

16,000

 

1925-28

* Figures based on information in media guides during that period (where available); may conflict with figures in more recent media guides, or from other sources




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