East side of press box showing the two-levels of the facility.
West side of press box showing concession area.
Construction on the third and final project in Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Vision for Victory Campaign for Athletics will begin early this spring.
Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, said private fund raising to build a new press box at Ranger Field had reached a level where the construction process was now possible, including a major leadership gift from The Charles Morton Share Trust of Alva.
“The University launched the Vision for Victory Campaign in 2007 with three goals: to construct a new locker room complex for our football program, upgrade our baseball venue; and build a new press box and public use facility at Ranger Field,” she said. “We accomplished our first two goals thanks to the generosity of the Share Trust and many other donors. Today, thanks to the leadership of the Share Trust, we move forward on the third and final project.
“This project will make Ranger Field one of the finest football venues in Oklahoma. Fans of Northwestern will enjoy a much more fan-friendly environment, and we are pleased to be able to share this progress with football fans of Alva High School.”
The new two-story facility will be significantly larger than the current press box and will be placed closer to the grandstand area. Some upper level rows of seating in the middle section of the west grandstand will be removed to accommodate the new structure.
The first level will feature three VIP suites facing the field, concession/vendor areas on the west side of the facility and public restrooms on the north and south sides. The second level will be dedicated space for game management personnel, media and coaches.
Cunningham said construction is scheduled to begin in April with a goal of having the game management areas of the building finished by the start of the season. The facility is expected to be fully completed near the end of the regular season.
“We debated about waiting until the end of the 2014 season to begin construction and having the facility ready for the start of the 2015 season,” Cunningham said. “In the end, after consulting with the administration at Alva Public Schools, we determined that now was the time to move forward.”
Demolition of the old press box is underway. Easley and Associates will serve as the architect for the project.
The current press box is original to Ranger Field and was first used in 1969.
Tue, February 18, 2014
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