1/13/2013 5:12 PM
NORMAN — Although Bob Stoops was the one sitting on the highstool and it was a handful of writers who were plopped comfortably in thetheater chairs of Oklahoma’s Adrian Peterson Team Meeting Room, we were theones who just about fell out of our seats.
One of the questions to Stoops during Friday’s season-wrapinterview session was whether he wanted to see Memorial Stadium grow and addmore seats.
“No,” Stoops said. “Just a better press box.”
we all laughed, but he was serious.
“It'll make it a bigger stadium,” Stoops explained. “Theyjust need to go end zone to end zone kind of like Nebraska did.”
While OU in recent years has paid particular attention toimproving concourse amenities and video capabilities and luxury suites, theHarold Keith Press Box has become severely outdated. Press box facilities ofBig 12 newcomers West Virginia and TCU — modern dining areas, superiorunobstructed field views, cutting edge computer technology and unlimitedtelevision viewing options — showed just how far Oklahoma’s press boxfacilities have slipped.
Press row denizens have known this for years. Many in theFourth Estate spend up to 8-10 hours in the press box on game day, and whocould be opposed to making scores of writers and broadcasters and PR personneland NFL scouts more comfortable during their six or seven fall Saturdays inNorman?
I’ve never seen Stoops anywhere near the press box in nineyears covering OU, but somehow he has become aware of it, too.
“You look at how great the east side is,” Stoops said, “youhave to do something equal or better for you guys, more seating, more boxes.”
I like the way Stoops thinks.