Oklahoma mailbag: North end video board project will be done by season opener
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James Hall asks: ‘Will the video board be ready in the north end zone when the season starts?’
Yes, the board will be ready. But I assume most would like a little more background information on the latest upgrade to Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
Work began on the new video board in the stadium’s north end zone in February. Those who attended the spring game saw the outline of it. The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents approved the $5.3 million upgrade, but it is expected to come in under budget. It should be finished this summer.
The video board is 38-foot high and 62-foot wide and will be triple the size of the old one, but will be slightly smaller than the video board in the stadium’s south end. This is because of it fitting within the existing frame of the exterior clock on the north end of the stadium.
With the expansion of the north end video board, fans will now have the option of watching at either end. The video board on the south end has dwarfed the other since the 2008 season.
What’s interesting about the north end video board project is it is the last major improvement Oklahoma can do on the stadium before it takes on the west side renovation.
All this is part of the $360 million master plan for the stadium that the school announced in the summer of 2014. The south end/Switzer Center renovation was the first phase of the plan.
The plan calls for additional suites, club seats and loge boxes, new press box and improvements to escalators, concessions and restrooms.