The operations centre will house a sports medicine area with state-of-the-art hydrotherapy equipment, a modern weight room and a baseball-specific laundry centre and equipment room. Former players will also benefit from a dedicated space within the operations centre, which will include lockers they can utilise when returning to campus to continue their professional baseball training while finishing out their academic degree programs.
Head Coach, Josh Holliday, said:
Our vision was to build a facility that would allow us to develop players at the highest level, teach leadership concepts and principles, embrace the team concept and provide a first-class experience for our loyal fans and alumni. When we set out to do this, we wanted to do it with our Stillwater community in mind and capture the same game day passion we see on display each Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium and throughout the winter at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The end result was exactly what we wanted. We accomplished our goal, and it is beyond anything I could have envisioned.
The lead architects on the project are Jim Hasenbeck and Joshua Hill of Studio Architecture, who have also worked on the Sherman Smith Center and the Greenwood Tennis Center in the Athletic Village, along with several other facilities on campus. Hasenbeck said two of the most unique features of the new baseball stadium will be the 360-degree concourse that wraps around the stadium and a glass batter’s eye that allows fans to stand directly behind it and look straight back into the batter’s box.
Similar to Boone Pickens Stadium and Gallagher-Iba Arena, the ballpark was built to let the fans be right on top of the action. There is only about 30ft from the back of the batter’s box to the first spectator row, which is located right at field level. The student section down the left field line is only about eight feet away from the foul line. The design was influenced by Boone Pickens Stadium and much like it and the Sherman Smith Center, this ballpark uses the same modified Georgian architecture seen throughout campus – it looks like an Oklahoma State building.
Manhattan Construction Company is building the stadium.
OSU has played the last 38 seasons in Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, which hosted its first game in April of 1981. The venerable ballpark has been home to eighteen Cowboys squads that won conference championships and twelve that appeared in the College World Series.