Family Embraces Yearly Tradition Of Recreating OU Football Field

Wednesday, September 29th 2021, 6:35 pm
By: Mike Glover

It’s football season in Oklahoma and for the Pickard family that means one thing, Owen Pickard’s recreation of the OU football field. 

Every year for football season, Owen recreates the football field seen at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

As Owen and Kelcie Pickard began plans to build their house in Blanchard three years ago, Kelcie noticed Owen was a little consumed with the backyard. 

“He’s down here before we even have the pad built and he’s like, ‘Here’s where the field’s gonna be. It’s gonna be a football field,’” said Kelcie, Owen’s wife. 

Kelcie wasn’t completely on board initially. 

“Until he got the sod here is when I was like, it’s flat, it’s great the kids are gonna love it,” said Kelcie. 

And while all this came as a surprise for Kelcie, this has always been in the plans for Owen. 

“I saw a story on News 9 about a new grass coming out, this is a true story, Tahoma 31 which is what we’re standing on, and I thought it’s made out of OSU, for athletic fields. I’m gonna put it in my backyard and paint a football field on it,” said Owen. 

This is year three for the project that includes the Big 12 and SEC logos, along with an added touch.

“Yeah, we put 13 red, or crimson hash marks over there for those 13 soldiers out there in Afghanistan recently, just as a way to pay honor,” said Owen. 

This year Owen enlisted the help of his brother-in-law and father. It took them about 16 hours, and they finished at 12:30 a.m., just in time for OU’s first game. 

“There’s some guys that will sit in a deer stand all weekend long or go fishing or whatever. I come out here and figure out how I’m gonna paint my field for the next year,” said Owen. 

“If you see him with one of those super long measuring tapes down here, that’s usually when it’s starting to happen, we should worry,” said Kelcie. 

Each year Owen adds more and more to the field. He’s already making plans for next year’s field. He plans to add goal post in each end zone.