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OSU announces plans to build indoor facility

6/21/2011

Oklahoma State is one of the last few Big 12 teams without an indoor facility.

That's going to change very soon. The Cowboys announced plans to begin construction on the Sherman E. Smith Center on August 1, 2011, an indoor practice facility that will cost $16 million, according to a release.

Smith, who the facility will be named for, died earlier this month.

"Sherman Smith was a good friend of mine," Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder said. "His relationship with Boone Pickens dates back to the 1940s. They shared the same birthday, were in the same fraternity and had a business relationship."

Grass and turf fields adjacent to the facility are already underway, and the estimated cost of those, plus the surrounding fencing, is expected to be $3 million.

You can see more on the facilities, which will be located across from Boone Pickens Stadium, here.

"It's fitting that two of the most important structures for OSU Athletics will be across the street from each other and will bear the names of Sherman Smith and Boone Pickens," Holder said.