Major changes could soon be on the way for Oklahoma softball.
Per The Oklahoman’s Brooke Pryor, a proposal for a $22 million softball facility is on the agenda for the Oklahoma Board of Regents meeting, scheduled for June 19, and will be up for approval. The agenda was released on Thursday.
If approved, the new facility would replace the 20-year-old OU Softball Complex. The existing facility has been renovated twice since opening, first in 2002 and again in 2010, but a further review has made it evident that constructing a new facility would be more practical than embarking on a third set of renovations, according to Pryor.
Oklahoma has been at the forefront of the college softball world virtually throughout the entire existence of the OU Softball Complex. The Sooners have advanced to the Women’s College World Series 12 times in the last 18 years. With sellouts commonplace, and temporary seating even constructed prior to the 2018 campaign to accommodate the demand, a new facility would give Oklahoma the chance to construct a venue with a larger seating capacity.
The proposed facility would come at a cost of $22 million, according to Pryor, and would be located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Imhoff Road and Jenkins Avenue, just south of the existing OU Softball Complex. If approved, it would replace a previous proposal of $15 million to renovate Marita Hynes Field.