The sounds of construction continue to fill the air at Northwestern Oklahoma State University as workers are busily working to complete major renovations at the school’s football and baseball stadiums.
Two projects that are a part of Northwestern’s Vision for Victory campaign for athletics – the construction of a new football complex at Ranger Field and major renovations to baseball’s Myers Stadium – are in the final stages, but Northwestern officials are hoping donors will help them complete an important project for the baseball program.
“Everything is coming along as planned and the improvements are absolutely breathtaking,” Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, said. “You can feel the excitement surrounding the projects. Our students, alumni and fans are expressing great pride in the progress we are making.”
Cunningham said Northwestern will hold a public open house at the construction site on Thursday, Aug. 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tours of the projects will be available and the Rowdy Rangers will serve free hot dogs for the first 300 people.
At Ranger Field, exterior work on the new complex is nearly complete and crews are working hard to complete interior work. Completion of the locker rooms is the first priority with the first home football game just six weeks away. Installing the new scoreboard also is near the top of the list.
“Our players will fall in love with the facility,” Bob Battisti, director of athletics, said. “They worked through last year with a temporary home. Now, they will have an outstanding place that they can call their own.”
The 2009 season begins Sept. 5 with a home game against Colorado State University – Pueblo.
Work at Myers Stadium has focused on building the new permanent seating area with its brick backstop and iron railing. When completed, the new stadium will become a much-improved, fan-friendly venue.
Northwestern is hoping donors will help them continue construction at Myers Stadium a little longer. The university is approximately $50,000 short of its goal to begin construction of a new home locker room and dugout. The old facility is leaky and mold is a constant problem.
“It is imperative that we tear down the old facility and build a new one,” Cunningham said. “We are hoping that our alumni and friends will support our student-athletes and provide us with the funds necessary to move forward. If we can start construction soon, then we can complete all of the baseball improvements before the start of the next season.”
Cunningham said any persons interested in contributing to the Vision for Victory campaign should contact Battisti at (580) 327-8632, Skeeter Bird, chief executive officer of the Northwestern Foundation and Alumni Association, at (580) 327-8593 or Steve Valencia, associate vice president for university relations, at (580) 327-8478.
Tue, August 4, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt