Dec. 12, 2011
The Sooners will host 30 games at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman, which is undergoing its third renovation in the last four years (artist rendering pictured above). Read more about the construction below and view photos of the construction updates.
The 2012 home slate includes non-conference games with Air Force, Oral Roberts, Arkansas, Dallas Baptist and TCU. The Sooners open the home portion of the slate against Hartford on Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. and the three-game series is followed by a midweek home game against UT Arlington. OU begins the season on the road at Pepperdine on Feb. 17.
The 24-game Big 12 schedule begins at home against Red River rival Texas (March 16-18) and the Sooners also welcome Kansas State (March 30-April 1), Missouri (April 13-15) and Baylor (May 11-13) to Norman.
Sunny Golloway enters his seventh full season at the helm of the OU program and the Sooners return five position starters and two weekend starters from last year's team that went 41-19, including 2011 freshman All-American Dillon Overton and 2010 freshman All-American Max White.
L. Dale Mitchell Renovation
On Nov. 16, the University of Oklahoma Athletics Department released the third renovation in the last four years at L. Dale Mitchell Park, the home of home of the Sooner baseball program. The renovation began on Nov. 9 and is highlighted by the addition of two rows of seating behind home plate which will increase the seating capacity to around 3,000.
Demolition of the concrete wall behind home plate started Nov. 14 to make room for the new seats, which will give fans an even closer view of the action on the field, similar to the perspective at ONEOK Field in Tulsa. The new box seats will be placed directly in front of where the wall use to sit, and a new netting will also be installed that will extend straight up from the field to the height of the canopy over the press box. The canopy will also be sandblasted and painted.
The project will also feature the installation of field turf in the foul territory behind home plate and to the ends of the first and third base dugouts. Finally, a mixture of clay and brick material will be installed on the warning track in the outfield.
Construction Gallery Archive
Dec. 1 Photo Gallery
Nov. 16 Photo Gallery
The last renovation to the facility was finished prior to the 2009 season as a state-of-the-art video board and sound system was installed to enhance the fan experience at the park.
In the fall of 2008, the baseball team opened a practice facility that featured indoor hitting cages and an outdoor practice infield. The $1 million project covers 22,500 square feet of existing ground at L. Dale Mitchell Park and is located down the left-field line adjacent to the Sooners' bullpen.