NORMAN, Okla. -- Any one of the 16 Sooner head coaches will tell you the biggest key to building a successful program is recruiting the best athletes to fill the roster.
 
A number of elements go into selling a recruit on a program, but the two most important aspects are undoubtedly a history of success and quality facilities. The University of Oklahoma is lucky enough to thrive in both areas, boasting one of the nation's most successful athletic departments across the board while providing its student-athletes with the most state-of-the-art facilities in the country.
 
Maintaining these standards requires constant renovation, and within the last couple years one facility which has seen major upgrades is the OU Soccer Complex and John Crain Field. A $4.5 million renovation completed in 2006 now provides the Sooner soccer team with one of the premier stadiums in the Big 12 Conference.
 
Head soccer coach Randy Evans recently walked us through the state-of-the art OU Soccer Complex prior to one of his team's preseason workouts. Click on the link below to view the video.

 Video  Follow Coach Evans Through the OU Soccer Complex

Evans is confident the facility upgrades will help the program reach new heights sooner rather than later. In fact, the dividends are already starting to pay off, as the 2007 squad features what the coaching staff has tabbed as the most talented freshmen class ever to arrive in Norman.
 
The Sooners open the 2007 season at John Crain Field on Friday, Aug. 31 against Alabama A&M. Opening kick is slated for 7:30 p.m. The first 250 fans through the gates will receive a free soccer schedule T-shirt. To purchase tickets, call (405) 325-2424 or toll-free (800) 456-GoOU.