NORMAN — When Oklahoma completes its $1.32 million building project of indoor complexes for both the baseball and softball teams next year, the Sooners will boast one of the top compilations of indoor facilities in the Big 12.
Headlining OU's indoor facilities is the 74,000-square foot Everest Indoor Training Center, which is home to the Sooner football team during inclement weather or night practices. Completed in 2002 at the cost of $9 million, the Everest Center has a full-sized, synthetic-turf playing field and a 65-foot-high ceiling, which allows for all kicking and passing drills. The facility also features simulated stadium lighting and a scoreboard with play clocks. OU also added the Roy Williams Strength & Speed Complex as an auxiliary to the Everest Center, thanks to a gift of $100,000 from former Sooner standout Roy Williams. But during stormy weather in the past, the baseball and softball teams practiced in either the Everest Center or Mosier Indoor Facility, which is used primarily for the indoor track teams. That often led to the buildings being overcrowded and in turn slowed practice for the baseball and softball teams, which had to share batting cage and pitching space. Next year, however, that no longer will be a problem. Construction is planned to begin this month on individual indoor facilities for baseball and softball. Both buildings are expected to contain enough space for three hitting lanes separated by retractable netting. The facilities are expected to be completed by early next year.