Oklahoma State football: A look at the recent facilities upgrades, what's next at OSU

by Gina Mizell Modified: August 29, 2013 at 9:00 am •  Published: August 25, 2013


Newest addition: Sherman Smith Indoor Training Center

Completed in: June 2013

Size: 92,000 square feet

Cost: $19 million

OSU is no longer the only school in the Big 12 without an indoor practice facility, thanks to the completion of the Sherman Smith Training Center this past summer.

“We've been advertising that in recruiting for about 10 years,” Cowboy coach Mike Gundy joked. “So it's nice to get it completed.”

The massive structure across the street from Boone Pickens Stadium is not air conditioned or heated but instead features unique fabric doors that roll up and fans to circulate the air. Its clearance is 65 feet, allowing kickers and punters to work inside.

The facility includes four total fields — an artificial field inside, along with one artificial and two natural grass fields adjacent to the building. Three filming platforms inside, along with multiple stations outside, make it easy to record practice footage.

OSU has already gotten plenty of use out of the Smith Center during fall camp, as the Cowboys' first two games will be indoors at Reliant Stadium in Houston and the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Other highlights

West End Zone

Completed in: 2009

Size: 146,000 square feet

Cost: $185 million

This project, spearheaded by a historic donation from megabooster Boone Pickens, completely revamped the former Lewis Field and gave OSU facilities are still regarded as some of the finest in college football. They include:

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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