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OSU baseball: New facility is likely next on the agenda for Cowboys baseball

Oklahoma State has the land, but athletic director Mike Holder estimates that it will take $30 million to build a state-of-the-art college stadium.
By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@opubco.com Published: June 8, 2012
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And that doesn't seem to bother Holliday, a former OSU All-American who talked at length about his appreciation and experiences in the tradition-rich stadium.

“When I think of Allie Reynolds Stadium, I think about standing behind the fence and catching Pete Incaviglia home runs,” Holliday said. “I think about seeing it piled full of people and people lining up around the street corner coming to watch a regional game. I think about Senior Day, 1999, run-ruling Texas and hugging teammates.

“My moments and thoughts on that facility are moments that are celebratory. I'm going to take pride in our facility and go out and play on it hard and that ole' girl is going to look as good as she can because everyone there is going to love it, because it's our home.”

At this point, the Cowboys aren't in dire need of an immediate relocation.

Sure, the batting cages are beat down, the seats are uncomfortable and the recruiting is affected. But it's still a capable ballpark with a playing surface that more than a few OSU players routinely call the “best we play on all year.”

For the 31-year-old stadium that's crammed into a small site, long-term sustainability has become the core issue.

“Sure we could renovate Allie P. Reynolds Stadium,” Holder said. “The only real negative there is that it is confined. Great location, lot of history, but there is just not a lot of room to grow down there. So you're limited with what you can do there. I still think long-term the best thing to do is start from scratch.”