Case Athletic Complex
The Case Athletic Complex opened in June 2007, less than three years after the plans were unveiled for the facility that houses Golden Hurricane football.
On November 11, 2004, University of Tulsa President Steadman Upham unveiled plans for the Case Athletic Complex to be located in the north end zone of Skelly Stadium. Excavation began on January 13, 2006
The 30,000 square foot complex was built at a cost of $10 million, and it began phase one of the renovation of Skelly Field. Phase Two will begin following the 2007 football campaign, when Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium will undergo major renovations.
The Case Athletic Complex, named for Mike Case, a developer and philanthropist who made a significant financial gift for the project, houses football coaches offices, meeting rooms, game day suites, academic support center for all student-athletes, football locker room and equipment room, athletic training room, video production suite and Lettermen's Club suite.
The new facility will provide the Tulsa football program with an exceptional every-day use facility, as well as providing all TU student-athletes with an area dedicated to academic enhancement.
"There might be a bigger place in the country, but there's not a nicer place. This building is about excellence," said Head Coach Todd Graham.
"I am both pleased and excited that I was asked to be involved in what I believe is the continuation of the resurgence of The University of Tulsa's football program," said Case at the news conference announcing the plans for the Case Athletic Complex in 2004. "This a big step toward returning Tulsa to its former days of football glory. The Case Athletic Complex will not only be a tremendous asset for coaches, staff and players, but will also be invaluable in recruiting top-notch student-athletes throughout the country."
Since that announcement in November 2004, Tulsa football has posted 19 wins, won the 2005 Conference USA Championship and has appeared in two straight bowl games.
Case added, "While Pat and I didn't graduate from The University of Tulsa, TU has become my adopted alma mater, and I have enjoyed helping the University when the need arises. Especially, when I feel the project is beneficial to the city of Tulsa. This project is one that will benefit both the University and the city." The St. Louis-based Hastings and Chivetta designed the Case Athletic Complex.
Skelly Field was built in 1930 as a 14,500-seat stadium, and was enlarged to 40,235 seats in 1965. Before the north stands were demolished in February 2005 to make way for the new building, the seating capacity was 40,385. The current seating capacity is 35,542.
Following the 2007 season, stadium renovations will begin which include new seating throughout the stadium, restrooms, new press box with luxury suites and club level seating and new scoreboard on the south side of the stadium, among other amenities. The steel structure on the stadium's west side will be removed, substantially improving the aesthetics of the facility.
On April 24, 2007, it was announced that Skelly Stadium would change to Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium. When the stadium was built in 1930, it was known as Skelly Field, until 1947 when the north end zone structure was built.
The H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Trust provided the financial gift for half of the estimated cost for renovation of the H.A. Chapman Stadium. Cost for the stadium renovation is an estimated $20 million. Trustees of the H.A. And Mary K. Chapman Trust are Donne Pitman and Jerry Dickman.