Almost a year ago, the great Hayden Barber (shouts to Hayden Barber) wrote a piece on the people’s site set out to answer one simple question: How could OSU improve the Boone Pickens Stadium experience?
Now 11 months and some change later, nearly all of his recommendations have been addressed. Among them, some much-needed improvements.
- The stadium is decreasing capacity by expanding seat size
- It was announced two weeks ago that OSU is partnering with Tailgate Guys to enhance the pregame experience
- Alcohol will (presumably) be available next season if approved
- A new $5 million video board the size of Boone Pickens’ ranch is being erected
Those are all very recent upgrades to OSU’s gameday experience, all of which will be welcomed with open arms. But Oklahoma State isn’t done yet overhauling its overall offering as a venue; on Monday, the athletics department announced that a revamp of the food is in order ahead of this fall.
“Oklahoma State athletics has embarked on a multi-year initiative to enhance the fan experience at Boone Pickens Stadium, which includes over $1.5 million in concessions enhancements that Cowboy fans will enjoy this fall,” OSU said in a statement. “OSU has partnered with Sodexo to create a food court in the plaza level of the West endzone that will feature multiple local, regional and national restaurant partners.”
🏈 #okstate has embarked on a multi-year initiative to enhance the fan experience at Boone Pickens Stadium, which includes over $1.5 million in concessions enhancements that Cowboy fans will enjoy this fall.
— Oklahoma State (@OSUAthletics) July 9, 2018
Restaurant options for this fall includes Aspen Coffee, Chick-Fil-A, Coney Island, Curty Shack (!!), Down Home D’s BBQ, Firehouse Subs, Freddie’s Frozen Custard, Pie Five, Pizza Hut, Slim Chickens, Thai Loco and Zaxby’s.
In addition, The Boone is also being outfitted with “cool zones” flush with fans, misters and free water stations — a custom fit for a program that hasn’t been able to enjoy the cool breeze of night games since what feels like eons ago. During the heat of September, it will be a mist of fresh air for fans looking for heat relief.
“The fan experience is important to us,” Mike Holder said of the new upgrades. “We have spent a lot of time evaluating our work in this area and we will continue to do so.”
Beer sales may be the fan favorite addition for the fall to vastly improve the gameday experience, but coupled with an expanded pallette of food and a new video board that would be hard to miss from Mars, it’s hard to imagine OSU having a more successful offseason in overhauling its venue for the better ahead of next season.