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What they're saying: Boone Pickens Stadium

Oklahoman Modified: June 15, 2009 at 12:12 am •  Published: June 15, 2009
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West End Zone residents on what they like best about the new facility.

"My favorite part is the team room. The cushion on the seats and how laid back it is. It is not like the other team room. I can really spend time in there.”


— DeMarcus Conner, senior

"The hydra room. The versatility and adaptability of the pools — there are spa jets, swim jets, therapy jets.” — Rob Hunt, head athletic trainer

"The laundry facility. It will cut our laundry time at least in half, I would say. Also, the newness. Everything’s just so new.”

— Wes Edwards, equipment coordinator

"The proximity. I like that everything is so close together. Everything from the players and coaching staff and training table and weight room — everything that touches their life is within 100 yards, except housing and their classes. I also like the way it looks from the exterior.”

— Mike Holder, athletic director

"I like the fact that it is all under one roof and is all inclusive. We don’t have to make a big, long walk from the locker room to the weight room to the training room. It is like a nice hotel really. It is plush. Plush is the word”

— Andrew Mitchell, senior

"I was shocked. We have one of the best locker rooms in the country by far, hands down. It is top notch. We are on a different level now, and we just need to keep playing like it. If we play anything like our locker room looks, we are going to win championships.”

— Richetti Jones, sophomore


Key Improvements
The "wow factor” of the new west end zone might be in the dramatic mood lighting and leather-bound details, but the improvements are more than cosmetic.

The new weight room is 7,000 square feet larger than the current weight room.

It will be utilized by far fewer people as all of OSU’s other athletes will continue to use the weight room below Gallagher-Iba.

The new laundry facility includes five 100-pound load washing machines, a 75-pound machine and a 45-pound machine, and dryers so big you could fit linemen inside. OSU’s equipment manager estimates that his staff will be able to complete laundry in about half the time it took in the Gallagher-Iba facility.

In the sports medicine arena, there are six more stations where players can have ankles and knees taped before practices and games, a full digital X-ray machine, and four new hydra pools, which are often used for injury rehabilitation.

OSU previously had just one pool.

The new pools have improved computerized technology to record data and twice as many jets.

By Andrea Cohen

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