Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s baseball facility officially has a new name that will serve as a legacy to one of Alva’s legendary families.
The regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma approved Northwestern’s request to name its baseball facility Myers Stadium at its meeting on June 19 in Edmond.
The stadium will be named in honor of the late W.D. Jr. and Lillie Myers. Myers’ daughter Mary Margaret Miller and her husband, Todd, have been the lead benefactors in the major renovations that are currently ongoing at the baseball facility. The Millers have contributed $300,000 toward the project as part of Northwestern Vision for Victory campaign for athletics.
“We are honored that we can add to the legacy of the Myers family for their contributions to Alva and Northwestern,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president. “We believe that naming our facility Myers Stadium is a fitting tribute to the family and expresses our deep appreciation to Todd and Mary Margaret Miller for the their support and investment in our student-athletes.”
More than $300,000 in improvements are taking place at Myers Stadium, including construction of a new grandstand. Plans under development also call for a new home team locker room and upgrades to dugouts.
Other upgrades include a new sprinkler system on a newly laser-leveled field.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the new facilities here at Northwestern,” said Mary Margaret Miller. “Todd and I are both extremely proud to put my parents’ name on this beautiful baseball stadium. This is a very exciting time for Northwestern sports and it is an honor to be a part of it.”
Mary Margaret graduated from Northwestern in 1986 and today serves as chairman of the board of Hopeton State Bank and as a director of the Central National Bank of Alva. Todd attended Northwestern in the early 1990s and is a part of the ownership group of KALV-AM in Alva and one of the most recognized voices in northwest Oklahoma.
The two have shared a love for Northwestern athletics as fans, with Todd taking his involvement a step further as the radio voice of the Rangers on KALV since 1990. While their interest encompasses all sports, their passion is baseball.
Mary Margaret’s grandfather, W.D. Myers, became involved in Alva’s financial community in 1919 when he purchased a large interest in what was to become Central National Bank of Alva. He became president of the bank and led it until his death in 1951.
His son, W.D. Myers, Jr., continued the family legacy in the banking business by purchasing a majority interest in the Hopeton State Bank. Following the death of his father in 1951, he became president of Central National Bank of Alva.
Lillie Myers also was involved in the banking business, serving as a director on the boards of Hopeton State Bank and the Central National Bank of Alva.
Lillie Myers passed away in 1979, followed by W.D. in 1987.
Construction at Myers Stadium is expected to be completed in the next 6 to 8 months with the facility operational before the 2010 season.