University of Oklahoma officials received approval Friday to move forward with an expansion project at L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park.
The OU Board of Regents approved a proposed design for the project at the board's meeting Friday in Oklahoma City.
OU officials estimate the project will carry a price tag of $850,000. OU Athletic Director Joe Castiglione said the athletic department had set aside private funds to complete the project. University officials expect to begin construction in January and be complete by May.
The expansion will include replacing the existing ticket booth with a booth that resembles the ones at the northeast and northwest corners of Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
University officials also plan to build a fence outside the stadium facing Imhoff Road.
The fence will feature brick columns and wrought-iron panels, and will connect to an existing fence on the east and west ends. Castiglione said that fence would provide additional security at the stadium.
The project is the second phase in a series of expansions at the stadium. The first phase included backstop netting, seating and upgrades to the warning track, synthetic turf and dugout.
Also during the meeting, the board approved a maximum price of $10.3 million for the construction phase of a renovation project at Hester Hall, which houses the newly created College of International Studies.
University officials expect the entire project, including design and construction phases, to cost about $13.5 million. The project is being funded with privately donated money.
The expansion will include a single-story addition to the west side of the building, which will create a new front door and lobby for the College of International Studies.
The existing three-story building will be renovated to house the office of the college dean, staff offices and study areas, with seminar rooms on the second and third floors.
This will be the second renovation the building has seen in recent years. In 2007, the university completed a renovation project at Hester Hall that included creating a space for the College of International Studies and reroofing the building.