From 1995 to 2009 Oklahoma State University made a major commitment to upgrade its athletic facilities, specifically the most visible and high profile sports facilities on campus . . . Gallagher-Iba Arena and Boone Pickens Stadium. In addition to setting the bar for all future facilities on campus, the renovation and expansion of these facilities gave alumni, fans, and donors a new perspective and appreciation for the University's athletic history and what was on the horizon. From the initial concept to the final element, Gary Sparks, alumni and lead architect was there. His firm guided everything from managing needs and expectations to the creative and execution. The goals were to meet the demand of fans in regard to attendance, ensure that the Cowboys had the advantage in facilities when it came time for recruiting, and that every student athlete had the resources to achieve his or her full potential. In addition, a place to showcase the University's rich athletic tradition and history was needed. For fourteen years, University personnel, architects, contractors, engineers, donors, students, players, and coaches worked side by side to make the dream a reality. Everyone had a voice and everyone's voice was heard. On September 5, 2009, ribbon cutting day for Boone Pickens Stadium following the completion of the last phase of work, the University of Georgia Bulldogs were in town to take on the Cowboys. With a final score of OSU 24 and Georgia 10, the Cowboys gave the newly-renovated stadium its first win. Through it all, and honoring the wishes of every Cowboy and Cowgirl, Gallagher-Iba Arena remains the rowdiest arena in the country and fans in Boone Pickens Stadium are still close enough to feel like they are in the game. Worth every penny? Worth every penny indeed!