University of Oklahoma - Sooner Yearbook (Norman, OK)

 - Class of 1975

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sits ' :il it .sr :Mgmt favs Et The Stadium goes BIG by Lynne Persing Ordinarily, expanding a university football stadium might appear a relatively uncomplicated matter. Many other schools across the country have undertaken similar projects as football audiences continue to break attendance records and the expansion of Oklahoma Memorial Stadium is not the most expensive project OU has seen. So the project would seem an uncomplicated and uncontroversial matter. Except for the fact that it involves OU football, and more specifically, OU football seats. The passion and sometimes hysteria of OU football fans has become as normal an aspect of OU football as the Big Eight Championship. Most Oklahomans have their own anecdotes about those all-night football ticket lines or their progression from 20 yard-line seats to 24 yard-line seats in only 28 years. And there are those divorce proceedings which battled for months, not over the kids or the house, but the 50-yard-line tickets. With this type of football enthusiasm, the idea of adding 9,000 seats and some added conveniences to the Sooners' stadium at first seemed an expected result of the un- stoppable force which drives both the team and the fans. However, when the plan was announced in October of 1973, the initial cheers were followed by some disturbed grumblings. Out of this grumbling emerged the fact that many OU fans would lose their long prized-football seats. Naturally some fans were not too happy with this idea. University receptionists in various offices were kept busy ENDLESS SOONER CROWDS which pack Oklahoma Memorial Stadium for every Big Red gridiron battle were the impetus for plans for a trying to explain the situation to confused and sometimes irate callers. According to OU officials, the expansion plan involved two phases. Phase One of the Stadium Expansion Program QSTEPD included construction of an upper deck which would hold 9,000 seats, and the refurbishing of the seating area under the deck. The 1,300 seats in this "prestige" area under the deck would be equipped with chair like seats. Contributors were offered seating priorities for ten years and would be rotated within the section each year in order to share the most favorable seating. According to STEP, those people who must be relocated out of the area under the deck would be given the best possible seats in the non-priority section of the upper deck. Phase One also included the construction of a new press box, and improved and expanded student and faculty seating areas. Possible additions to the project included a "V.l.P." lounge, fiberglass seat covers and a special camera level in the press box. Phase Two of STEP would be the development of an annual donors program. Those who donate 3250, 35150 or 55100 to the Athletic Department would have ranking priority for a season ticket. This priority is in a choice area of the stadium, not a particular seat. Money derived from the donation program is to be earmarked for athletic scholarships as part of an effort to keep the Athletic Department self sufficient. stadium expansion. The excitement of Stave Davis f5J, Grant Burget 1253, and Joe Washington C245 keeps the fans coming. . D V aj' ? I, 51 C9 fr, 'PY K Y - 'Q Lf J ., . 'fuk' ' 5 "YT" 1 -f if J w 3 -4- A .J Jakub, '3 ar: N

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Z,-f - .4 l l .-hifi. X ABOVE: FOOTBALL TICKET LINES begin the night before sales open, with many camping out in hopes of "The 50-yarderf' But not without In addition to the protest made by some longtime ticket holders about the plan, both students and Oklahoma legislators voiced their disapproval. Some students derided the plan as proof that football is a "rich man's sport." In April of this year, the state legislature went on record as being opposed to the plan, although the legislators later agreed to support it. University administrators and Athletic Department officials defended the plan as the best way to improve the stadium and bring additional revenue into the Athletic Department. Although loudly voiced protest of the plan became quiet over the summer, proponents of the plan had not seen the last of their troubles. Delays in gaining approval for a revenue bond proposal which would help start the project caused the construction bid opening to be moved from July to September. When the bids finally were opened, the low bid was over S900,000 over the base cost of 554.2 million which had been estimated by the University. This forced administrators to rehuddle to figure a way to continue with the project. By this time, almost S6 million had been collected through the donors program. By re-examining the plan, cost deductions were made by eliminating some parts of the project and reducing the quality of some aesthetic considerations in the plan. With this obstacle behind them supporters of STEP could only hope that no more problems would arise before the project's expected completion in early September 1975.0 ,ff-ig ,I 1-armani' sie. will IM, I I.. j. Q as-UI llllp,-KW 1 , 'Qw-hi.l'.-T,-2 -,,. . .: 5--T J?" ' -:.-I .1 .-:H ,. -' 'W A '.-i f - . -D , , -ft- ,gg-ru. ' N571-c-'J--.. Q - - - " ' --4 - 2--A EEE EEE :ES sas asa was 1 4 ' 11 1 A X . .ff-., - Q. . 1 I' Ill . . ' .I."'1c.f' .., l i W. ' -Q., . w-.,,,- s f -' ' . , '-.-- . V :S I 'D ' u Fla l -. 5 .. X 4 . . '4ewg1,::Lf- " -. -I '-11' . " Txffix 'fu --r -.:1'4h4fWff' -"T r . . . . - It 4 Xkdix iii?--:Qc. "Q1q4'S'1f4.T"vi.f'r?iv1ii-2. ' M' 'ii-11, '2Qg:3'gj:g,5-'ig ' 'X '-1 , as- E E I - . . --.4-,-ig:-Q-1' L V. 4 -" E' I I' ' ' ligiijziiir--if 'bi--5 1731 vb- .5 - ...V A ..-,yy 1 -Q ij- -1 tg, - -.1 sw,.B.,- '53, 1,-'i h -'-' ..-1 , .f-I-qixa11Ef77W-Q' Tll.Qi'13il Q.:-- . ' g.'ff?7Cyj': -w-iffy-'th ll" . .-,rt - , - -iv -als, :fr -:-- as 4 ,, -wg.-, ..- J . fi. - -- A-5, .- +. - -H. Q- I. . W -I 4, ,i.,.. - mf...-. YW' 'I-2 '-'H-.'5sT 9'-Iruiizz 55. tape-: 1- wil . 'S'.f-5 ffif-" f U'-73' lf' gif?-T543-'ri 'F-'thi .gk D QR , N ,A " F3523 ," - r."a1'."-- ' , . . , . cafe? ' - 4, ".-. 1 rv-- ' J ' - f f Ll I .1 .. .-., jf i . .I f 4 , . .aiu --Dpi isiffj " " .. ' -"' ffl- - '1f',l'- ' ' vis' N' . f A 'itil l 'll' --,,,,1..,.g i I ur. , li .IK ,4 li I M. I. 4 . 1: ,V -N- ,Q .... .Ts N..-earl '-L-L1S'l'! - 5 V fi! bfi! ' xx" 15.1, A, X rn. - t .'-ff, -vs 131- 54 3 1 R? - r' I-"' Offer, R ' " h sf -.- -fx 'V ' -x?'1Q ff-is T' gm," W 'eff-Lf da.: "' :gg ' '5?'Lz.-'-SE" f-...xl ' rr--1 1 ,I -1-exif 5 Q l... -.:. -f.J-,':R .,1x,yWki -t ,J ,fijjg .. .Q tr td, 'WL-f Y ' t ' 'i-af -of ti P' - s c ,,. H 1 -' 5'-" 'ltji - ji-, Q .vm -,Q 'Tian xx mx N7'fh,x,,,'f'-A if -Xxqi.. 'ami' V . .,- 'Es - . f,-wr -Je Tr- ,- , .. -. ,X A ' '25-H" . s ' ' .V ' '- , ' 'Z .. . ",1":L:1 'A : Pj? A 'mn r -- i ,- . - ' ' , , 25552-1 asset.- EEEH2-il ff' 152712 T l 1-1:2 I. " . F"--fl HB? .71 - Maf- " .- ' 2- ' 1 . ' 1 'z f ' I .. ,V . 'f - ag.. 1 , WV N--it gi M A A ' N-f. :A -rs - 5 lg.: - ' mx.-Efffafglsi-. - fl DS'--'3 . ' ' ,393 ' ,-Lx"-4511-431' -". 5 ? !' ? '3-"4-- I '--I-Q gvft.. ,M -'T"T'., . - fi 1- - r -, -.gums-1. .. i- sc, .I 1. " .- 'Q' Ji - 1 'l Q 1 i.r1- 5fj if g."f'..lg 'T-fig'-Ljgsef' kph j,, ' 55-T'-lf' 'Q ABOVE: A QUARTER CENTURY landmark comes crashing down as the press box of Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, long a familiar sight, is pulled to the ground for an expansion of the stadium.

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