Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 20, 2013

John Crain Field


Since opening in 2000, John Crain Field at the OU Soccer Complex has maintained its status as one of the finest facilities in the nation.

Most recently in 2013, a brand new, top-of-the-line video board was installed on the northeast corner of the field. The program also added permanent dugouts on the north side of the complex that give both home and visiting teams covered structures during contests. Unique in the Big 12 Conference, the bench areas also feature heating vents and ceiling fans to help weather the elements.

The press box is equipped with camera decks and a media level complete with the latest technologies. The attractive team room serves as a versatile location for various meetings and activities and is also used to host special guests, parents, donors and media.

In addition to a seating capacity to 3,500, the complex also includes concessions, restrooms and a ticket booth to give fans a complete family atmosphere for watching Division I soccer.

History

In 2006, the complex enjoyed a $4.5 million renovation that included state-of-the-art press box and grandstand, joined by a multi-use building located between the soccer complex and the Headington Family Tennis Center at the corner of Chautauqua Ave. and Imhoff Rd.

"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 first phase ($1.2 million) at the OU Soccer Complex featured a first-class regulation field with top-of-the-line turf and drainage system. Since its initial season, the most noticeable addition of the project was the scoreboard which measures 37 feet in length and is close to 15 feet in height (standing 25 feet above ground).

In 2002, the field was renamed to honor the donation made by John Crain. The $600,000 gift, all of which was applied to the soccer program, still remains one of the largest ever made to Sooner women's athletics.

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