Boone Pickens Stadium to Increase Seating Room, Decrease Capacity by 3,500

first_imgThis past October, a buddy of mine and I landed some club-level tickets from a mutual friend and season-ticket holder for a fantastic Homecoming win over West Virginia. It was a blast.But the 11 a.m. kickoff time left us baking in the sun of an unseasonably warm October morning from our borrowed north-side seats. And it was a bit cramped. Elbow-to-elbow, we did our best to avoid offending the regulars. Had it been more of a “sit-down game”, things could have been worse.You’ve heard the expression “standing room only.” Well, if you’ve ever been to a Cowboy football game you’ve experienced the meaning of the phrase in the form of the average 12-16 inches of designated seat width. Let’s do an exercise. Put a ruler down on your chair. Sit on it. Yeah. Most of us won’t have much real estate to work with.But there’s good news.Oklahoma State has finally decided to act on their longtime intentions to make some changes to what the university’s website calls “the coziest 60,000-seat stadium in America”.According to Andy Sumrall, OSU’s assistant athletic director of ticket operations, OSU plans to give fans a little more elbow room. Here he is from an article by Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World.“Some of the biggest issues we have come from someone sitting on my seat or half of my seat,” said Sumrall. “Seats are just too close together.”The change will take place over the offseason and is scheduled to be complete before the Cowboys’ home opener against Tulsa on September 2. It entails extending that varying, narrow seat width to a uniform 20 inches in most of the 200 and 300 level seats on the south side of the stadium and some on the north side per the Tulsa World.The biggest difference other than increased personal space and comfort will be a decreased maximum capacity from 60,218, down to 56,790. But there has only been one true sellout — that frigid rout against Baylor in 2013.Next year’s capacity was exceeded once last season — that homecoming game. But prior to 2016, that number was beaten 15 times in the previous four seasons. Below are are the home ticket sales for the last five seasons.There will be a few of us left to tailgate or watch from home but overall, it sounds like these changes are for the better.2016 12/7/2013OklahomaL 24-3358,520 10/27/2012TCUW 36-1457,183 09/03/2016Southeastern LouisianaW 61-750,079 2013 09/13/2014UTSAW 43-1354,577 10/19/2013TCU (HC)W 24-1059,638 10/05/2013Kansas StateW 33-2958,841 2012 10/01/2016TexasW 49-3153,468 11/23/2013BaylorW 49-1760,218 10/24/2015Kansas (HC)W 58-1059,486 09/19/2015UTSAW 69-1454,351 09/14/2013LamarW 59-359,061 09/25/2014Texas TechW 45-3555,958 09/01/2012Savannah StateW 84-055,784 11/21/2015BaylorL 35-4558,669 DateOpponentResultAttendance 11/17/2012Texas TechW 59-2155,341 11/28/2015OklahomaL 23-5858,231 11/07/2015TCUW 49-2959,061 10/04/2014Iowa StateW 37-2052,608 DateOpponentResultAttendancecenter_img DateOpponentResultAttendance 10/25/2014West Virginia (HC)L 10-3459,124 DateOpponentResultAttendance 09/29/2012TexasL 36-4156,709 09/10/2016Central MichiganL 27-30*52,523 10/20/2012Iowa State (HC)W 31-1057,019 11/15/2014TexasL 7-2852,495 2014 10/03/2015Kansas StateW 36-3457,618 10/29/2016West Virginia (HC)W 37-2059,584 09/17/2016PittsburghW 43-3853,514 DateOpponentResultAttendance 2015 11/09/2013KansasW 42-658,476 11/12/0216Texas TechW 45-4454,288 09/15/2012Louisiana-LafayetteW 65-2456,062 09/12/2015Central ArkansasW 32-856,262 10/08/2016Iowa StateW 38-3153,239 11/10/2012West VirginiaW 55-3457,799 09/06/2014Southwest Missouri StateW 40-2351,562 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img

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