After years of renovation on Boone Pickens Stadium, the University has announced the ultimate plans for the facility.
According to a source within the University, the final touch will begin today as crews will add wind turbines to the top of the west side of the stadium.
Wind energy as long been an aspect of the Pickens Plan, but now with the additions of the turbines, it will come full circle after Pickens’s donation of over $260 million in 2003.
Building and maintaining the turbines will create new jobs by building out the capacity to generate up to 22 percent of our electricity from wind, according to pickensplan.com.
One concern expressed by University officials was that of excessive celebration after big wins during the football season.
April Foley, of the athletic department had the same concern, “It’s bad enough that we have to take down the goal posts to avoid injuries, the last thing we need is for students to try to take down a turbine.”
The turbines will be in place before the beginning of the 2009 football season and are expected to account for 70% of the power that will be used by the University, including the stadium.