With the 2020 college baseball season getting underway soon, Oklahoma State University is looking forward to the debut of O’Brate Stadium.
After beginning its home schedule with 14 games at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, OSU will open the brand-new O’Brate Stadium with a March 20 contest against TCU. In the meantime, construction on the facility is making progress, which is helping to build anticipation for the ballpark’s potential impact on the baseball program.
That level of anticipation was apparent during an OSU baseball media day on Monday, as players and head coach Josh Holliday expressed their eagerness to open O’Brate Stadium. More from The Oklahoman:
“I think we’ve all been waiting for this for a pretty long time,” senior Carson McCusker said.
But there is an unknown. The stadium has similar dimensions, but it could play entirely differently.
“That will be the fun part,” Holliday said. “Just seeing the first towering flyball and seeing how far it actually goes, and seeing how the sun shows up and the wind patterns.”
O’Brate Stadium is set to feature approximately 3,500 fixed seats, along with 13 suites and 400 premium seats in dedicated club and suite areas. It will also feature modern player facilities, including a “training triangle” that offers an indoor facility, a pitching lab and an artificial turf infield that allows for practices to take place year-round regardless of the weather, helping to minimize wear and tear on the ballpark’s natural grass surface. Plans also call for a 7,400-square-foot clubhouse and player lounge, along with a nutrition center and a tiered-seating classroom. Another amenity is an operations center that will include a sports medicine area, additional training space, and a baseball-specific laundry center and equipment room.
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