Oklahoma State University is gearing up for its final season at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, but anticipating is building for O’Brate Stadium–its new home opening in 2020.
Beginning with the 2020 season, Oklahoma State baseball will play home games at the brand-new O’Brate Stadium. The venue is being designed to have the latest in college baseball program player and coach facilities, along with a range of fan amenities that include a 360-degree concourse, about 3,500 fixed seats, 13 suites, and 400 premium seats.
The ballpark’s construction is making progress, which was highlighted during a recent tour conducted by Oklahoma State officials, including head baseball coach Josh Holliday. That tour gave Oklahoma State the opportunity to tout some of the benefits that O’Brate Stadium is expected to offer to the baseball program and its fans alike. More from NewsOK.com:
Pointing out eventual dining options, Holliday made his way down the third-base portion of what will be a 360-degree concourse in O’Brate Stadium, one that will allow fans to see every pitch no matter where they stand in the ballpark.
He looked out on what will someday be a natural grass field, instead seeing dirt and construction equipment. But Holliday’s imagination let him put the finishing touches on the cement framing of an outfield wall and the rising foundation of a seating bowl.
“Watching it get built, there’s many days I just shake my head,” Holliday said. “You’ve got some things you kind of close your eyes and envision it happening right here on this field already.”
Now, such things are easier to picture. When Holliday first had conversations with athletic director Mike Holder about a new stadium, a complex that should stand among the best in college baseball exceeded what he believed to be possible.
O’Brate Stadium is named in honor of Cecil O’Brate, who gave $35 million toward the estimated $60 million project. Oklahoma State baseball’s final home opener at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, its home since 1981, will take place on Wednesday afternoon, when it hosts Little Rock.