Michie Stadium renovation, Oklahoma 2020 update

Army may play Oklahoma at Michie Stadium in 2020 after all.

Athletic director Boo Corrigan said he thinks there’s a, “good chance” that the Black Knights host Oklahoma on Sept. 26, 2020 as opposed to the game being played at a neutral site.

“I would say that’s accurate,” said Corrigan when asked if there’s a better chance that the game would be played at West Point. “That would be great. Think about that year. We have Oklahoma and Air Force at home. That’s a pretty good home schedule. …When was the last time we played a top team at Michie Stadium? (Stanford in 2013) was good but I don’t know if they were top 10 much less with the following that Oklahoma has.

“The only way it won’t be played in Michie Stadium is if we are under construction. Otherwise, I think we owe it to our fans. We owe it to our cadets to play that game at Michie Stadium. They could talk about that for the rest of their lives.”

Michie Stadium’s renovation is still in the fund-raising phase, Corrigan said. West Point has called the potential construction, “The Michie Stadium Preservation Project.” The project includes the rebuilding of the east stands near Lusk Reservoir. Stadium construction would not start during the 2019 season, Corrigan said.

“We’ve been able to raise a good amount of money,” Corrigan said. “We still need to raise a better amount of money to get there. It’s very much the superintendent’s priority and it’s very much my priority to look at what that is. We need to do something.

“I think looking out a couple of years we are going to need to be smart not only with the stadium and the construction but with what we can phase in. Is there opportunities to phase in? The cadets will still be seated over there on that side.”

When asked if the start of stadium construction would be delayed so Army could host Oklahoma, Corrigan said, “If we have the funds and go through all the different wickets, I think the sooner we (start) the building, the better.”

Luxury seats are included in the stadium’s renovation and could be a sign that Army is looking to bring in brand teams like Oklahoma in the distant future.

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