Stillwater, Okla. Just in time for Oklahoma State's homecoming game against No. 25 Kansas State, construction crews were finishing up concrete work Monday on the west end zone project at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Workers were leveling concrete rows where seats will be installed in the final triangular wedge connecting the bowled western section of the stadium with the north stands, but there are no longer any gaps in the bowl structure.
"As far as laymen looking at it, it's pretty well done," said Jim Heley, Flintco Constructive Solutions' senior project manager for the stadium renovation. "You can walk on it. It's not ready for 60,000 or 50,000 fans yet, but it's all in place and it's safe to walk on."
Crews have finished work on the concrete slab for the ground level that also serves as the ceiling for underground areas for conditioning, locker rooms and other purposes. Water can still get into the basement through holes that will eventually house escalators and through drain lines that aren't yet completed.
Heley said about 46 percent of the overall project is completed, and work is ahead of schedule - although that could change if the weather were to turn bad. The bowl seating will open for next season, and the coaches' boxes and suite areas won't be done until a year later.