Chad Richison donates $10 million for UCO football stadium upgrade

Further solidifying itself as the University of Central Oklahoma’s largest donor, Chad Richison, Company Founder and CEO of Oklahoma City-based Paycomdonates $10 million to the school to improve and develop Broncho athletics.

The donation announced Wednesday will be used to upgrade the Broncho’s football facilities, as plans outline additional stadium seating, a stunt, a new video card and a new name for the school’s stadium: Chad Richison Stadium.

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A 1993 UCO graduate, Richison has invested in his alma mater in the past with funds earmarked for baseball projects, expanding the school field, and establishing a student athletic performance center. athletes and coaches.

Paycom Founder and CEO Chad Richison is donating $10 million to the University of Central Oklahoma for improvements to its football stadium.  The south and east sides of the stadium will be renovated, new turf will be laid, and the stadium will be named after Richison.  Pictured is the east side of the stadium where new stands with more than 1,900 seats will be added, bringing capacity to nearly 12,000.  The upper level will feature new seating with a lobby including restrooms and concessions, as well as a new ticket office.

Combined with the most recent donation, Richison gave $25 million for improvement projects to the school’s athletic department, which will now rename its facility complex the “Chad Richison Athletic Complex.”

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“I’m passionate about higher education and collegiate athletics,” Richison said. “I enjoyed the experience I had at UCO and hope this gift will inspire others to accomplish something they might not have imagined possible.”

Richison was a member of the UCO wrestling team in the early 1990s and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2014.

In 2019, Richison helped fund an addition to the Hamilton Field House, which now houses one of the largest wrestling venues in the nation as well as training areas and lounges.

Paycom Founder and CEO Chad Richison is donating $10 million to the University of Central Oklahoma for improvements to its football stadium.  The south and east sides of the stadium will be renovated, new turf will be laid, and the stadium will be named after Richison.  Pictured is the south side of the stadium where several hundred boulders will surround a new waterfall with new trees and an upgraded video board.

The new football-focused project will add 1,900 seats for Broncho home games, increasing stadium capacity to 12,000. A new upper-level seating concourse, additional restrooms and concessions, and a new playing surface grass are all features of the project which is expected to be completed by the start of the 2022 UCO football season.

“Chad’s multiple investments in our athletic facilities reinforce our belief that the UCO is a special place and that Broncho athletic teams are uniquely positioned to win,” said UCO athletic director Stan Wagnon. “His generosity, and even more so his confidence in our institution, gives us a great sense of pride in representing Central.

For his contribution to the school, Richison will be recognized at halftime of the Broncho’s homecoming football game which begins at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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