The facility is named after Sherman Smith, a late friend of Pickens and OSU athletic director Mike Holder who donated $20 million for construction and maintenance of the structure.
“Boone and Sherman had a lot in common,” Holder said. “They were both raised in small Oklahoma towns, were fraternity brothers at OSU, made their living in the oil patch, and shared the same birthday, five years apart.
“Since 2003 they have played a leading role in the transformation of our football program and athletic facilities. OSU will be forever indebted to them for their generosity and the standard they have set for future generations of Cowboys. Our challenge will be to recruit the very best athletes to train and perform in these great facilities.”
Outside, plenty of construction still rolls on.
Workers were seen installing the outdoor artificial field Friday afternoon, which complements two natural grass fields adjacent to the Smith Center. The rest of area surrounding the field is largely comprised of dirt, with plenty of machinery still present.
Yet after years of waiting, OSU has its indoor practice facility, a prime addition to the West End Zone renovations unveiled four years prior.
“When I first walked in I was like, ‘Finally,'” receiver Tracy Moore said. “They told me this was going to be built before I got here, and it's finally built.”