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Facility upgrades are on the horizon for OSU men’s and women’s basketball programs.
In a Monday press release, OSU Athletic Director Chad Weiberg unveiled an athletics facility visions plan, which includes an estimated $325 million in upgrades to facilities across several programs.
The vision plan includes additions on the south side of Gallagher-Iba Arena, featuring two practice courts and “other championship-caliber training spaces.”
There is no timeline, and Weiberg said construction will take place as funding is made available for individual elements.
“We will take our time on this,” Weiberg said, “and we will not move on any of this until the funds are there and the funds are available because we’ve got to keep our debt service below where it is now.”
Both basketball programs use the GIA game court and nearby auxiliary gym as a practice facility, but athletic and campus events can cause interruptions. A new training space will eliminate that problem.
With the location and proximity of the addition to GIA, existing locker rooms will be used. Also, with additions to other athletics facilities, the GIA weight room will become designated for men’s and women’s basketball, creating a facility specifically for those programs.
“It will give us the ability to kinda centralize our programs,” Weiberg said.
Basketball offices are located on the west side of GIA, behind the screen in the east end zone of Boone Pickens Stadium. Those offices will be relocated to the south-side addition, adjoining the practice and training facilities.
“Our basketball offices are sort of disjointed where they are,” Weiberg said. “I think what this does is give us the ability to sort of bring all of that together and give OSU basketball, men's and women's, Cowboy and Cowgirl, a home.”