As a part of the same project, construction of 12 outdoor tennis courts will begin as soon as the university finds funding, he said.A new track is in the early design phase, Holder said. Although it's another step toward his plans for an athletic village, he's saddened knowing Neal Patterson, the OSU alumnus who donated $10 million for the complex, won't get to see the final result. Because the university already owns that property, he said, it can begin work on new buildings as soon as it marshals enough funding.The village will be an important step toward extending to all sports the same advantages seen by higher-profile teams like football and basketball.The university already has football, basketball and golf facilities that rival any in the country, he said. “We hope to have a world-class athletic village finally.”.The broader plans for the tennis center call for 12 outdoor courts and six more inside a 50,000-square-foot building that would also house locker rooms for players and officials. The oil man would donate another $63 million that month to OSU for the completion of the football stadium.Since then, gifts exclusively earmarked specifically for athletics have slowed, although other large donors — including Sherman Smith — have pitched in millions along the way.Holder said the university's economic situation has been “frustrating for everybody,” but he's confident the university will be able to move forward with the project — which university officials said from the outset could take as long as 20 years to complete.“There's no question of whether we're going to get it done,” he said.

He said crews have finished laying sod for new grass practice fields that will be adjacent to the indoor facility, and work on the new complex won't really be noticeable until steel starts going up in several months.But after years of delays, the project is finally moving forward,“It's not a matter of if now,” Holder said. STILLWATER — After years of frustration, delays and financial woes, construction of Oklahoma State University's Athletic Village finally is under way.. Work has begun on OSU's Sherman Smith Training Center, an indoor practice facility that makes up a large piece of the village. The Athletic Village - Sports. See the sights McKnight Center for the Performing Arts Opening in October 2019, the McKnight Center will be a world-class cultural attraction for renowned musicians, actors and artists from around the world — and for their fans as well. While the construction across the street from Boone Pickens Stadium on the north side of Hall of Fame Avenue has continued, excitement about the project has been growing steadily. For now, Holder said, only some new outdoor courts will be built — with the number depending on how construction bids come in. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman.Commenting on NewsOK requires a NewsOK Pro or Oklahoman subscription.Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. Oklahoma State University (OSU) is a public land-grant research university in Stillwater, Oklahoma.OSU was founded in 1890 under the Morrill Act.Originally known as Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (Oklahoma A&M), it is the flagship institution of the Oklahoma State University System.Enrollment for the fall 2019 semester system was 24,071, with 20,024 undergraduates and … feet; 1 indoor field, 3 outdoor fields, 2 grass surfaces, 2 turf surfaces; Sherman Smith is the founder of Service Drilling Company in Tulsa, Okla. The Sherman E. Smith facility is a stepping-stone in the completion of Athletic Director Mike Holder’s vision of the creation of an athletic village at OSU. The new track and field, located on the northeast corner of the OSU Athletic Village, includes berm seating and a state-of-the-art locker room facility. Athletic Village The OSU Athletic Village is home to a world-class baseball and softball stadiums and state-of-the art track and field complex and training center. Registration is free and easy. Giving lower-profile teams, such as track and equestrian, better facilities would put them in a better position to compete for championships, he said.“The objective's never changed,” Holder said.In November 2005, university officials announced plans to move forward with more than $200 million in projects, including new facilities for track, tennis, soccer and other sports.Former OSU President David Schmidly seemed to foresee the difficulty in funding such a massive project, even before any work had started.“It is important to understand that this is a long-range expansion plan,” Schmidly said more than six years ago.