The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents held its annual meeting Tuesday morning, and among the proposals addressed concerned OU Softball. In particular, Patty Gasso and the dynastic Oklahoma Sooners were thinking renovations to Marita Hynes Park were on the way. Instead, Joe Castiglione announced the design phase for a brand new, state of the art softball facility has been approved, with an estimated cost at around $22 million.
Patty Gasso released a statement in light of the big news:
"This will be one of the finest facilities in the country and give us a real boost in training and recruiting," - #Sooners coach Patty Gasso says in the press release.— John McKelvey (@John_McKelvey) June 19, 2018
Currently, the Oklahoma softball team plays on Jenkins Avenue, just south of Gaylord Memorial Stadium. The newly proposed facility is expected to be built on the northwest corner of Jenkins and Imhoff, just south of the old stadium.
Correction: OU's agenda is incorrect on the location and Joe C misspoke earlier.— Tyler Palmateer (@Tpalmateer83) June 19, 2018
The stadium proposed would be at the NW corner. https://t.co/bqIbg1zotq
Sooner fans have routinely sold out home softball games, even with added bleachers during the regular season. The new stadium is expected to increase Oklahoma’s seating capacity from roughly 1,700 to 3,000.
New OU softball stadium is proposed to seat 3,000 fans. That's a pretty significant increase from Marita Hynes, which currently seats around 1,700 on a good day with extra bleachers.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) June 19, 2018
This is great news for all fans, old and new, who want to experience OU softball. It also stands as a testament to the growth and strength of the program, and promises to make OU softball the gold standard in the sport. As for Patty Gasso, it speaks volumes for her contributions to both the school and the sport. It’s well-deserved development after all she’s accomplished.
To be clear, the stadium construction itself will have to be approved at a later date, but the approval of a design plan is a huge step.
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