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    Quote Originally Posted by johnintx View Post
    I don't want to have to apologize for our (OKBU) stadium, but I will.

    We reinstated football seven years ago. Two years after bringing back football, we moved from NAIA to D-II. It was like restarting football again. Football has been successful for us in every way except on the field. Student recruitment and retention is up, donations are up, and community involvement is up. We are starting to see some success on the field, as well, as we won five games this past season. It has been a tough road. A lot of work has gone into building a football program, both on and off the field.

    When we brought back football, the decision was made to play on campus. For a temporary stadium, we added more bleachers, a press box, and some banners to our existing track facility. There are some hospitality tents and tailgate areas. The grass field is well-kept. There are no lights, which is a problem in September. We have what amounts to about a class 3A high school stadium, only there are no lights. Tickets on the home side are sold as reserved seating. Tickets on the visitors side are sold as general admission for a lower price. Students end up there, as well. This is how home fans end up on the visitors side.

    Again, this is meant to be a temporary stadium. There are drawings and plans for a new stadium, pending donations. Our facility, more than anything, holds us back. We know it is a temporary stadium. We recruit players from large high schools in Texas with superior facilities. It is a huge adjustment for them. We know our facility is an obstacle.

    I apologize for any bad experience you may have had with our facility.
    I will say I have seen the plans for the new OKBU stadium and it looks sweet. Heck may even be the best in the conference if it is all built to plan. We will have to wait and see. The problem is OKBU is getting out played by their in state rivals. It's going to be tough competing against SEOK which is also on the rise. All the Arkansas Schools are firing on all cylinders now. Something is going to have to give, and I just can't see right now OKBU being a powerhouse in football. They hold their own in all other sports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnintx View Post
    I don't want to have to apologize for our (OKBU) stadium, but I will.

    We reinstated football seven years ago. Two years after bringing back football, we moved from NAIA to D-II. It was like restarting football again. Football has been successful for us in every way except on the field. Student recruitment and retention is up, donations are up, and community involvement is up. We are starting to see some success on the field, as well, as we won five games this past season. It has been a tough road. A lot of work has gone into building a football program, both on and off the field.

    When we brought back football, the decision was made to play on campus. For a temporary stadium, we added more bleachers, a press box, and some banners to our existing track facility. There are some hospitality tents and tailgate areas. The grass field is well-kept. There are no lights, which is a problem in September. We have what amounts to about a class 3A high school stadium, only there are no lights. Tickets on the home side are sold as reserved seating. Tickets on the visitors side are sold as general admission for a lower price. Students end up there, as well. This is how home fans end up on the visitors side.

    Again, this is meant to be a temporary stadium. There are drawings and plans for a new stadium, pending donations. Our facility, more than anything, holds us back. We know it is a temporary stadium. We recruit players from large high schools in Texas with superior facilities. It is a huge adjustment for them. We know our facility is an obstacle.

    I apologize for any bad experience you may have had with our facility.
    I've posted the following link a few times, sorry for the repetition. These plans were released during the first year of the return of OKBU football; are these still valid? I really like the stadium in these renderings and believe it would be one of the best D2 stadiums.

    http://www.gobisonfootball.com/index.php/menu-2/stadium

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mulerider View Post
    I will say I have seen the plans for the new OKBU stadium and it looks sweet. Heck may even be the best in the conference if it is all built to plan. We will have to wait and see. The problem is OKBU is getting out played by their in state rivals. It's going to be tough competing against SEOK which is also on the rise. All the Arkansas Schools are firing on all cylinders now. Something is going to have to give, and I just can't see right now OKBU being a powerhouse in football. They hold their own in all other sports.
    Thanks! We were 5-0 against the Oklahoma schools this year. That was a big accomplishment for us. Southeastern did finish ahead of us in the standings. We were 0-6 against the Arkansas schools. Some of those games weren't even close. We have a long way to go. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tech Boys View Post
    I've posted the following link a few times, sorry for the repetition. These plans were released during the first year of the return of OKBU football; are these still valid? I really like the stadium in these renderings and believe it would be one of the best D2 stadiums.

    http://www.gobisonfootball.com/index.php/menu-2/stadium
    There is an updated stadium rendering, and if I can find it, I will link to it. It is not as nice as the original, as it does not call for a horseshoe seating arrangement around the field. It is still a nice stadium, and would be as nice as any in the league.

    The athletic department surveyed season ticket holders and alumni and held focus groups a year or two ago regarding amenities and design. They will build what they can fundraise for.

    Our president just retired after 10 successful years. We are now in a transition between presidents. The new president will make decisions and provide leadership on this project going forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnintx View Post
    There is an updated stadium rendering, and if I can find it, I will link to it. It is not as nice as the original, as it does not call for a horseshoe seating arrangement around the field. It is still a nice stadium, and would be as nice as any in the league.

    The athletic department surveyed season ticket holders and alumni and held focus groups a year or two ago regarding amenities and design. They will build what they can fundraise for.

    Our president just retired after 10 successful years. We are now in a transition between presidents. The new president will make decisions and provide leadership on this project going forward.
    I hope they get rid of the track, that would be a hinder against the stadium. I also wonder, why not wait until you have the money saved up for a proper stadium? Especially if you could have one of the best D2 Stadiums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mulerider View Post
    I hope they get rid of the track, that would be a hinder against the stadium. I also wonder, why not wait until you have the money saved up for a proper stadium? Especially if you could have one of the best D2 Stadiums.
    I think that's what's happening here. We're not going into more debt for a football stadium. We're not in financial trouble, but we're not going to overextend ourselves. Hobby Lobby has purchased the former St. Gregory's campus down the street, and we are leasing it from them for an undisclosed amount. They plan to use it for expanded science offerings and for the performing arts center, in the beginning. I don't think the Green family is in the business of building football stadiums, though. :-)

    None of the stadium plans I have seen include a track. This is a good thing. Track deserves their own facility. A track is a hindrance for a football fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnintx View Post
    I think that's what's happening here. We're not going into more debt for a football stadium. We're not in financial trouble, but we're not going to overextend ourselves. Hobby Lobby has purchased the former St. Gregory's campus down the street, and we are leasing it from them for an undisclosed amount. They plan to use it for expanded science offerings and for the performing arts center, in the beginning. I don't think the Green family is in the business of building football stadiums, though. :-)

    None of the stadium plans I have seen include a track. This is a good thing. Track deserves their own facility. A track is a hindrance for a football fan.
    Well hopefully they add some stadium elements that are special to OKBU. I would hate if all they did was put two standard bleacher's on each size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mulerider View Post
    Well hopefully they add some stadium elements that are special to OKBU. I would hate if all they did was put two standard bleacher's on each size.
    I agree. I think when it happens, they'll build something we can be proud of.

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    Bumping the thread, as OKBU will have lights ready for the home opener:

    https://obubison.com/news/2019/7/8/f...me-opener.aspx

    It'll still be hot for a 6 pm kickoff, but it's an improvement over daytime games in September.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mulerider View Post
    I hope they get rid of the track, that would be a hinder against the stadium. I also wonder, why not wait until you have the money saved up for a proper stadium? Especially if you could have one of the best D2 Stadiums.
    Because construction costs go up all the time. You might never be able to fundraise to catch up to the cost of inflation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon View Post
    Because construction costs go up all the time. You might never be able to fundraise to catch up to the cost of inflation.
    That would explain why colleges everywhere are on a building spree. Someone should tell all those guys freaking out about the "$1 billion debt" at Oh-You that.
    Go Bronchos!

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    The new indoor at Harding is looking reeeal nice.

    https://imgur.com/a/gNILLKs
    Last edited by codeblack; 07-21-2019 at 12:48 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by codeblack View Post
    The new indoor at Harding is looking reeeal nice.

    https://imgur.com/a/gNILLKs
    Harding is setting the GAC standard in facilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finishempty Fred View Post
    Harding is setting the GAC standard in facilities.
    Yep looking real nice. I am pretty jealous, but it's all in the donor base. SAU just doesn't currently have that. While we are one of the fastest growing schools in the state, we just don't have the booster base. OBU and Harding have us beat by a long shot. Curious what the maintenance on a building like that is for the long term. I know it's basically a steel structure. Guess the biggest thing is heat and air probably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by codeblack View Post
    The new indoor at Harding is looking reeeal nice.

    https://imgur.com/a/gNILLKs
    Wait this looks smaller than what was originally drawn up. They said 136 yards total? I am seeing maybe 100 or 110? Maybe the pictures don't show the right angle or something.

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