It’s out with the old and in with the new at Oklahoma State University.
After 39 years of serving as the home for Oklahoma State Baseball, Allie P. Reynolds Stadium will be replaced with a new, state-of-the-art baseball stadium that is set to open in 2020.
The new baseball stadium will sit at the corner of Washington and McElroy Street in Stillwater right off the campus of Oklahoma State, and it will have a seating capacity of 6,000-6,500 that will be expandable to nearly 8,000 people. The parking lot that will come attached to the stadium will be able to hold 600+ cars, and the ballpark will have a 360-degree concourse allowing visitors to walk completely around the stadium to watch the game from anywhere.
“Oklahoma State University has a very unique feel throughout the entire campus,” said Jim Hasenbeck, head architect. “We’re trying to keep that feel throughout the athletic village as it grows with the different venues.”
Allie P. Reynolds Stadium opened April 4, 1981 and was officially dedicated April 24, 1982 after former Oklahoma State and New York Yankees baseball great, Allie Reynolds. The stadium currently holds 3,281 people and has not seen a major update since 2005 when the bullpen areas, playing surface and warning tracks were made that fall.
Athletic Director Mike Holder says great things will happen in this new baseball stadium based on how one feels when they walk in and see the new ballpark.
“Oklahoma State is a great place where all things are possible,” Holder said. “This is going to be a new day for OSU baseball, and it’s going to be amazing to watch this new complex come to life. I can’t wait for opening day and to see that first pitch out there.”
Head coach of Cowboy Baseball Josh Holliday was in attendance along with the 2017-2018 baseball team, and Holliday says it really hit him when he drove McElroy home about three weeks ago and saw the construction for the first time.
“This is truly remarkable,” Holliday said. “It’s been worth it every step of the way, and it’s been a great lesson to see how something like this occurs. When you’re a coach at your university, all you want to know is you’re going to be given a chance to try to do something and be the best at it.”
As for a new name, a decision has not been made on what or who the new baseball stadium will be named after, but Holder says that will hopefully change soon, and another great press conference will be held.
“For right now, it’s just Oklahoma State University Baseball Stadium,” Holder said. “We haven’t talked of anything about the donors yet, and that’s because several of our major benefactors prefer to be anonymous, and we’re honoring those wishes.”
Holliday, who has been head coach of the Cowboys since June 2012, says all the history and great individuals who have contributed to the OSU baseball tradition will be displayed in the new stadium in a first-class manner.
“Anyone who has ever worn this uniform will walk back in this stadium and realize how much they’re valued. This is such as well-thought out, well-planned and comprehensive stadium that our history, the individuals who created it, and all the great moments will be on display both inside the stadium and certainly along the walls.”
Holliday says the stadium will be designed to reward good baseball. Natural grass will cover the field rather than artificial turf due to the similarities it will share with professional baseball stadiums, and his end goal is to allow his players to play in a manner that properly trains them to be successful at the next level.
“You want to be able to walk out there and know this field plays fair,” Holliday said. “I think we built a balanced field, which is what the College World Series is built on, and we put some of our own dimensions on it to fit Stillwater, to fit our wind, and make sure the ballpark plays well.”
Other amenities include tailgating tents along the concourse, 13 suites, 400 premium seats, and 1,500 seats in the outfield on five-foot deep terraces. There will also be a student section down the third base line to give students a great view of the infield, and family-friendly areas down the first base line with areas for younger kids to play while enjoying the game of baseball. An approximately 2,000-square foot video board will be attached to the indoor batting cage facility, and this facility will also serve as a player development area.
Plans for Allie P. Reynolds Stadium after its closing have not been confirmed, but Mike Holder says he is open to suggestions.
The new baseball stadium is set to open in Spring 2020, and the end cost is expected to be approximately $75 million.
Watch here to see more of what Josh Holliday along with Cowboy baseball pitchers Carson Teel and Noah Sifrit had to say about the new baseball stadium coming to Oklahoma State University: