Site prep began last week and construction equipment was ready to begin building the 24,000 square foot facility as the ceremony took place. Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Programs and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione, Head Rowing Coach Leeanne Crain and senior captain Nikki Furmanek spoke, while the ceremonious "first dig" was done with oars in place of shovels.
"This facility will have a major impact on our varsity rowing team," OU president David L. Boren said. "It will continue to help make the University of Oklahoma one of the most comprehensively competitive athletics departments in the nation. This new facility will be a welcomed addition to the state-of-the-art athletics facilities available to all of our student-athletes. I want to thank the Board of Regents for approving this project. As a former member of my residential college crew when I was a student at Oxford, I am especially excited about this project for a great team sport."
"This is an exciting day for us to get to this point," Castiglione said. "We appreciate all the members of the rowing team and what you're doing to represent the University of Oklahoma in such a special way."
The 24,000 square foot facility is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2014 and will cost $6.5 million. The team's on-campus training has been at Memorial Stadium since the program's inception in 2008-09. (Video and More at SoonerSports.com)
- Cost: $6.5 million
- Square Feet: 24,000
- Location: Blankenship Boulevard, south of the Lloyd Noble Center