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.
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:
*Boone Pickens Stadium: The opening of the West End Zone and official dedication capped off the stadium's overhaul in 2009. The renovation gave the facility a brick exterior that is aesthetically pleasing and matches the rest of campus. The capacity increased to 60,218. And it still features the tightest sidelines in all of football.
*Locker room: The 14,000 square feet includes a players' lounge with couches and televisions, along with ventilated lockers. It is flanked by the weight room, equipment room and training room.
*Weight room: Encompasses 20,000 square feet and is steps away from the Boone Pickens Stadium tunnel.
*Training room: Includes multiple tables for taping and treatment, along with four hydrotherapy pools.
*Training table: Dining center that can seat more than 200 and overlooks the stadium.
*Meeting rooms: Includes a 200-seat, theatre-style room for team meetings, along with individual rooms for offense and defense and each position group.
OSU athletic director Mike Holder said the biggest key now is consistent upkeep of the facilities the Cowboys already have.
But upgrades to Boone Pickens Stadium are coming this fall.
Twelve suites have been added, while eight more that can open in the next year or so. Additionally, the stadium's video boards have been expanded. Advertising will take up the “new” portions, freeing up the space that makes up the size of the “old” boards to be used solely for game action and replays.