The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department is in the process of completing the $4.5 million second phase of a soccer stadium and a multi-use building to be located between John Crain Field at the OU Soccer Complex and the Headington Family Tennis Center at the corner of Chautauqua Avenue and Imhoff Road.
The construction on Phase II began in November of 2005 and the new facility will be comprised of spaces that will be shared by student-athletes, coaches and fans of both soccer and tennis. Construction is scheduled for completion by the beginning of the 2006 soccer season.
“We are so grateful for the donors who helped us complete Phase II of the Soccer and Tennis facilities,” said OU Athletics Director Joe Castiglione. “One of the unique aspects of the funding for our first phase was that almost every dollar was provided by former student-athletes. Many of those same individuals were so excited about the quality of the facility that they stepped forward again to finish the project and provide state of the art facilities for our current student athletes.”
The OU tennis and soccer clubhouse will feature facilities for the soccer and tennis programs including a training room, locker rooms, team facilities, and all equipment, laundry and other support services.
A state-of-the-art press box will include covered camera decks and a media level complete with the latest technologies. In addition, it will also feature an attractive conference room/meeting area which will serve as a versatile location for team meetings and activities and to host special guests, recruits, parents, donors and media.
The press box complex will also house dressing rooms for coaches and officials as well concessions for fans. Ticket holders will also enjoy a new grandstand that increases permanent seating capacity to 2,000 in an effort to accommodate the growing numbers of Sooner soccer fans.
A new ticket booth and entry as well as permanent restroom facilities for fans will also be part of the construction project.
“This is a very exciting time for OU soccer and I am thrilled with the commitment the Athletics Department has made to the program,” said OU head coach Randy Evans. "With the ground breaking of this new facility we plan on honoring that commitment by winning championships.”
The first phase at the OU Soccer Complex saw John Crain Field add a scoreboard four off seasons ago. The large structure measures 37 feet in length and close to 15 feet in height. It also stands 25 feet above ground.
The project is yet another part of the “Great Expectations” campaign, a fund-raising effort that has exceeded its goal of $100 million, for the University of Oklahoma that has made possible an extraordinary era in new athletics facilities in Norman. The new era has led to unprecedented athletic and academic success for OU student-athletes.
Among some of the other accomplishments made possible by Great Expectations’ donors include: an expanded and renovated Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium; two completely new facilities for men’s and women’s basketball at Lloyd Noble Center; new or renovated facilities for wrestling, softball, track and field; and a new strength and conditioning sports medicine centers and an indoor training center.