A look at the newly enclosed south end of Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Sooners will play their first regular-season game with Memorial Stadium fully enclosed Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe.
The stadium’s south end had been partially open since the first game was played there in 1923.
The school broke ground on the project in August 2015. The changes include new suites, loge boxes, club seats and concession areas.
One of the new suites. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
A construction worker walks through one of the new clubs. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
The upgrade also includes an 8,500-square foot video board that Oklahoma says is the second-largest in college athletics.
“The university is fortunate to have such great people who have dedicated an enormous amount of their time to make this project happen when we set the date of Sept. 10,” Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said.
Here's what part of the south end looked like in 2011:
The Sooner Schooner is on the field to celebrate an Oklahoma score against Iowa State in 2011. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
This year's spring game was played in April after the skeleton of the enclosed south end was in place. Quarterback Baker Mayfield talked about the impact of the work the day before at a “Topping Out” ceremony.
The stadium's old capacity was 82,112, but it has held more than 85,000 for some games. The new capacity is 83,489.
Castiglione said the scoreboard can be seen from downtown Norman.
Other work in the project, including new coaches' offices, a larger strength and conditioning room, new locker rooms, an expanded sports medicine area, a nutrition center and new team meeting rooms are expected to be ready in February 2017.
Another view, facing the closed off south end zone and new video board. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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