MIAMI, OK.--- The Red Robertson Multi-Purpose Event Center and Sports Complex at NEO has been under construction after funding was approved in February.
"When it's all said and done, it'll be the best junior college football facility in the United States that's on campus," said Ryan Held, NEO AM Head Football Coach.
Conner Wood is an incoming freshman and the starting right tackle for the Golden Norseman. He says he is looking forward to playing in front of college crowds and hopes the stadium upgrade will enhance player performance.
"If you play with 45 fans on the sideline, it's just like a practice. But if you're playing in front of like 4,000 it makes a huge difference," said Conner Wood, Right Tackle NEO Football.
New bleachers are currently being added to the home side of the stadium, and are expected to seat 6,000 Norseman and Wardog fans. The facility will consist of a state-of-the-art press box, media rooms, and seven suite boxes overlooking the field.
"We're going to have a video board that we, you know, we can get it cranked up in here and get people excited. And it'll be a division one collegiate atmosphere," said Held.
The upgraded stadium also includes 3,500 square foot home team locker rooms and training rooms for both NEO and Miami High School. NEO football coaches believe the new stadium will attract more recruits.
"Knowing that they care about our, what we think about the field and everything, it helped me make my decision," said Ty Watkins, NEO Football Freshman Right Guard.
The NEO A&M Stadium improvements are expected to be completed by October.