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July 27, 2012

Regents approve new track facility for Oklahoma State University

ARDMORE, Okla. — Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents hired an architect to design a new track facility at Oklahoma State University at its meeting Friday in Ardmore.

The track is another step in the construction of OSU’s athletic village, athletic director Mike Holder told the Associated Press on Friday.

Studio Architecture of Oklahoma City was approved as engineering consultant and Crossland Construction of Tulsa as construction manager of a track facility, which will replace the Kaye Barrett Droke Track and Field Center, which was built in 1972 and last updated in 1986.

A residence hall will be built on Droke Track and Field Center site.

“The university is going to duplicate what currently exists on the track site and then it’ll be up to athletics to fund any additional facilities out there,” the OSU athletic director said. “There’s not much in the way of a grandstand at the current location. There’s a locker room.

“I think in what’s planned in the athletic village, there’s going to be a track that’ll be able to host conference championships and national championships. There’ll be a locker room. There’ll be a storage building. And then the grandstand, lighting and other amenities will be the responsibility of the athletic department and we’ll pay for that by fundraising.”

The initial athletic village plan called for the track and soccer teams to share a stadium, but Holder said that plan has been scuttled.

“I don’t think either sport particularly cared for that concept. They’d each prefer to have their own facility,” he said. “Soccer would like to get the spectators closer to the action, and that’s impossible when you have a nine-lane track in between. After a lot of back and forth, we decided it’d be better to do two separate complexes."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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