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Official Review by Bradlee Ross, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Boone Pickens Stadium has been the home of the Oklahoma State Cowboys since 1913. Formerly known as Lewis Field, the stadium has a capacity of a little over 60,000 and has been renovated greatly in the past decade thanks in large part to the donations of alumnus T. Boone Pickens. The renovations have made Boone Pickens Stadium one of the best athletic facilities in college football.
Asking whether or not the Cowboys' success came from the renovated facilities or if the facilities came from the Cowboys' success is like asking whether the chicken or the egg came first. However, there is no doubt that this impressive facility has had a major impact on Oklahoma State's recent rise to football prominence.
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There is mostly just the run-of-the-mill stuff in this area. The concession stands are well-equipped with the basic football game necessities of nachos, hot dogs, popcorn, and pretzels. Their soft drink selection consists of Coke products and no alcohol is sold within the stadium.
The prices are also very reasonable. Fifteen bucks is plenty to feed two people, and a family of five would probably have no trouble eating for just $30 or $40.
Overall, the quality and prices of the food are good. The only thing lacking a bit is the variety.
The new facilities have definitely made a difference in the overall atmosphere at Boone Pickens Stadium. The Oklahoma State fan base is one of the loudest in the Big 12. The student section is huge and boasts a front line of students who beat the sides of the stadium walls with large sticks.
The larger crowd itself also has numerous traditions that they partake in throughout the games. Pistol Pete signals everyone to begin the long O-S-U chant with a gunshot. A first down chant and motion is done in unison by everyone every time the Cowboys get a first down (my hand got sore). Plus, there's nothing like seeing 60,000 people wave in unison every time the Cowboys score.
The surrounding area is fantastic for anyone looking to have a good time in a college town. The strip is nearby, and is complete with your choice of bars and hangout joints, but the best places are the restaurants.
The Hideaway boasts the best pizza in the world, and that's no oversell. Their pizzas are good, ol' fashioned and American-made, just the way a good pizza should be. They have so many different specials that literally anyone can find something to like.
Another spot that Stillwater is famous for is Eskimo Joe's. Head over to Joe's for some of their world-famous cheese fries or a great burger. While waiting on your table (because you will be in for a wait), shop around in the adjacent Eskimo Joe's clothing store.
Stillwater is the perfect college town. It's not too big, but not too small. It has everything anyone could ever need including good restaurants, bars, and all kinds of stores to buy anything you need. It's also just an hour away from both Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
As mentioned some in the Atmosphere section, the fans are great. They all are continuously doing some sort of chant, motion or sing-a-long to support their team. I'll downgrade them a bit because it seems to get a bit less enthusiastic the further away from the field that you get. However, most college crowds are like that, so it isn't a big downgrade.
The Orange Power chant the fans do is amazing by itself. One side of the stadium yells "Orange!" to which the other side replies "Power!"
This is the biggest downside. The bathrooms are top-notch in both quality and in their being plenty to go around. However, parking is a hassle if you aren't a season ticket holder, as you will probably end up paying a business or homeowner to park in their lot or yard. It's alright depending on how far you end up from the stadium. I was four or five blocks away so it wasn't too big a deal.
The traffic, however, is terrible. This is compounded by the fact that most people are going one of just two ways: south to Oklahoma City or east to Tulsa. My advice would be to get there early and then do what my party did after the game: eat in one of their great restaurants while the traffic thins out.
I would have gladly paid $100 or more. The facility was phenomenal, the fans were really fun to be around and the neighborhood makes the after-game just as exciting. Plus the game I went to was touchdown-filled and went down the wire. Even when the games are blowouts, the atmosphere still rocks and the facilities are always good.
I have to give a bonus point for the earthquake that occurred right after the game I attended ended. I know it has nothing to do with the stadium, but to end one of the most exciting games of the year like that is just something I couldn't leave out.
If you are ever in the area or if you just want to watch good football in a good environment, go to a game at Boone Pickens Stadium. You'll regret it if you didn't.
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