Oklahoma State University football fans are a diverse group, and their passion for the school is one that transcends race and creed.
But they are also a passionate group.
The program, founded by former Oklahoma State head coach Tom Herman and current Oklahoma State athletic director Joe Castiglione, is home to a diverse football fan base that includes more than 70 percent black, and black-led organizations, including the university’s Black Students Athletic Association, have played a central role in the program’s growth.
The team has seen a dramatic growth in recent years, with a steady increase in average attendance, as well as a number of fan-friendly initiatives.
This has also translated to a more diverse football culture, and has made it more difficult for minority fans to find a seat at the tailgate.
On the field, the trend has continued, as the program has reached a national prominence, and the attendance at Oklahoma State games has increased.
In 2016, the average crowd at Oklahoma City’s MetLife Stadium for a home game was 55,723, up from 43,917 for the same game in 2015.
This season, the program is expected to exceed the 54,000-seat mark for a football game.
Oklahoma State has reached the semifinals of the NCAA Division I playoff, as it is one of only three programs to win a national championship in the Big 12 Conference.
It also has a 10-3 overall record and has qualified for the College Football Playoff.
With the team now in a national spotlight, Herman is trying to harness the passion of the fan base, and to help change perceptions of the institution.
His goal is to transform the perception of Oklahoma State by providing the fans with an athletic experience that is truly representative of the state and the region.
To accomplish that, Herman and Castiglio want to create a culture of camaraderie and community.
While that means a little more work and effort on the part of the program, Herman sees this as a great way to make the program better, and one that he believes can be a catalyst for positive change.
“We want to be a football team that brings people together, that brings families together, and that brings fans together,” Herman said.
“This is a great opportunity for us to do that.”
As a fan, Herman said the experience at Oklahoma St. Stadium is a positive one.
“It’s a great place to be, and it’s a good place to watch a football event,” he said.
“The fans love the game.
The guys love the football.
The fans want to see it, and we want to do everything we can to help them see the game and the game.”
But Herman said he understands the challenges that fans have faced as the season progresses.
“There’s been a lot of challenges, and some things that we’ve had to do, that we’re going to be able to get back to,” he added.
“We want people to know that we care about them.
We’re trying to be more than just a football program.”
Oklahoma Stadium will open for football in 2021.
The football program is in the midst of a national tour, which will include stops in California, Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, and Texas.
The team is in a recruiting class of about 30 to 40 that is one the most diverse in college football.
And Herman said that the program hopes to get a better grasp of the recruiting landscape in the coming years.
“This is our first year in a college football environment that we haven’t had to be recruiting in this area,” he explained.
“That’s a pretty good start.
It’s a lot better for us, and for the football program.
I know we’re doing a great job, but we still have a lot to learn.”
The program is also hoping to attract a national audience to the stadium, with Herman stating that the stadium will become a destination for college football fans.
He believes that, by doing so, the stadium can provide an opportunity for other sports to do well, and attract more people to the area.
While the program continues to grow, Herman also feels the importance of creating an atmosphere for a different kind of fan.
“I’m excited for the next two or three years.
We’ll have to see what happens with the season,” he told USA TODAY Sports.
“I think it will be a great, fun, exciting time.
But it will have to be with the fans.”