A mini O’Brate Stadium.
That’s what coach Kenny Gajewski said he wants. It’s also something he said is going to happen.
On Wednesday, Gajewski said he has had talks with Mike Holder about building a new softball stadium, similar to O’Brate Stadium. A project he said could begin in the next two to three years.
“Coach Holder and I have really done a lot of work to get some things going on this stadium, and we’re going to,” Gajewski said. “We’re going to build a new stadium.”
Gajewski said that he and Holder, as well as incoming athletic director Chad Weiberg have had serious talks the past few months about a new stadium.
Gajewski said he doesn’t want the Cowgirls home to leave the corner of Duck and McElroy, but with the vacant Allie P. Reynolds next to it, he said the opportunity to build a larger stadium without having to move locations is possible.
The project is expected to cost between $25-30 million.
“We don't want to add on, we want to start over,” Gajewski said. “It’s time.”
Compared to other Big 12 schools, OSU’s stadium is one of the smallest, and Gajewski said they need more seats to be able to host regionals.
A new stadium is also a huge recruiting tool for Gajewski.
Expected to arrive following the conclusion of this season, the stadium is expected to get a new scoreboard.
“It will be great,” Carrie Eberle said. “It will be a great stepping stone for the program. We definitely need one.”