By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 20, 2013
The OU Athletics Department completed Phase II of the OU Soccer Complex, a $4.5 million renovation, in the summer of 2006. The addition of a state-of-the-art press box and grandstand is joined by a multi-use building located between the soccer complex and the Headington Family Tennis Center at the corner of Chautauqua Avenue and Imhoff Road.
Phase II construction began in November of 2005 and the new facility is comprised of spaces for student-athletes, coaches and fans of both soccer and tennis.
"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 soccer and tennis clubhouse features a training room, locker rooms, video and conference rooms, team facilities, and equipment, laundry and other support services.
The press box is equipped with camera decks and a media level complete with the latest technologies. The attractive conference room/meeting area serves as a versatile location for team meetings and activities, and will be used to host special guests, parents, donors and media.
In addition to increasing the 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.
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.
Most recently, the words "Oklahoma Sooners' were added to the front of the press box to further enhance the appearance of the facility. In addition, the locker room and team room on the second floor were decorated and furnished for the coaches and student-athletes.
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