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NORMAN – The College of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Athletics Division formally broke floor on Love’s Area Friday afternoon on the northwest nook of South Jenkins Ave. and Imhoff Rd., the longer term web site of the stadium.

“That is going to occur,” head coach Patty Gasso stated. “This can be a monumental second for us. We began proper throughout the road over right here at Reaves Park. We have come a great distance.

“We simply haven’t got sufficient seats for all of you nice folks and that’s what is about to occur…our dream come true. I need to thanks followers. I am unable to let you know how essential you might be to us along with your ardour for us,”

In entrance of a standing room solely crowd, OU President Joseph Harroz Jr., OU Vice President and Athletics Director Joe Castiglione, Chief Tradition Officer for Love’s Journey Stops Jenny Love Meyer, OU Head Coach Patty Gasso and OU shortstop Grace Lyons addressed the group. Every expressed their pleasure for this system and gratitude to the almost 900 donors that made the mission a actuality.

“This (groundbreaking ceremony) is in regards to the tradition… the tradition of excellence, the tradition of ardour, the tradition of what we would like for our program sooner or later,” Castiglione stated. “That’s the enticing factor. Now we’ll have a stadium that may add to that.

“That is the fruits of the ability of teamwork, the ability of individuals working collectively united,” Castiglione stated. “That is what we’ve got in our state at giant however (particularly) the way it’s come collectively round this softball program. The Love’s household… they’ve change into unbelievable teammates in all of this.”

The OU Board of Regents accepted in June the overall price range of $42 million for the OU softball facility enhancements and enlargement mission, Love’s Area.

“When you consider the place we stand as a college, what brings us collectively, what unites us… this softball group is a vital a part of that,” Harroz stated. “It’s larger than simply sport. It’s a part of who we’re.

“In case you have a look at this 12 months, on the fiftieth anniversary of Title IX, we’ve got a group that has carried out extra than simply play softball and win nationwide championships; it set a regular throughout the nation.”

Thus far, over $29 million of the $42 million has been raised for the mission and has come from 850 donors, together with the $12 million lead and naming reward from Love’s Journey Stops. Love’s Journey Stops’ authentic pledge was $9 million, and the corporate agreed to match each different donation greenback for greenback as much as a further $3 million. OU Athletics donors shortly unlocked the problem match and have continued to help this mission with over $6 million raised for the reason that authentic announcement on Oct. 28, 2021.

“On behalf of my total household, we’re so proud and so thrilled to assist and be right here to assist floor break on Love’s Area,” Love-Meyer stated. “It is particular when folks and occasions come collectively to essentially create one thing bigger than themselves. Final 12 months after the nationwide championship quantity 5, my household and I began to get to know Coach Gasso and the group, (and) it actually turned clear that that is precisely what we may do.”

Love’s Area, which will likely be roughly one-half mile south of current Marita Hynes Area, will accommodate seating for 3,000 and is being designed to permit for enlargement. Together with short-term seating that’s added every season, Marita Hynes Area has a seating capability of simply over 1,600.

The brand new facility will function a ten,500-square-foot indoor coaching middle and several other group areas, together with a coaching room, locker room and classroom. It can even have house for a recognition space to showcase nationwide championships, All-People and different excellent accomplishments.

“What’s tremendous cool is that what occurred that Love’s Area (is) going to be the story that we create all through the season, and Sooner Nation is part of that,” Lyons stated.

“That is a tremendous second and I am unable to wait to see these shovels go within the filth,” Lyons stated. “We’re gonna make an influence within the softball world.”

Present plans name for the general sq. footage of the complicated to succeed in 44,000, in comparison with 15,150 at this time facility. The group areas will increase from 2,949 sq. ft to five,375 sq. ft and the indoor follow facility will bounce from 4,700 sq. ft to 10,531 sq. ft.

People involved in giving to the Love’s Area mission, different OU Athletics services tasks or every other space inside OU Athletics ought to contact the Sooner Membership at (405) 325-8000 or go to www.TheSoonerClub.com.

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Love’s Area Season Ticket Gross sales and Seat Choice Course of

With an preliminary seating capability of three,000, the OU Athletics Division will start the season ticket gross sales and seat choice course of for Love’s Area within the coming months.

OU will make the most of a web based 3D seat map of Love’s Area to help OU softball followers in choosing their seats. Present OU softball season ticket holders may have first precedence and will likely be positioned in Sooner Level order to find out seat choice instances.

Subsequent, all followers on the softball season ticket wait record as of June 2022 will likely be positioned in Sooner Level order and have the chance to pick out seats as availability exists.

A deposit course of for all followers not in one of many two aforementioned teams has been created. Followers who make a $100 per seat deposit will likely be within the third precedence group and will likely be assigned a seat choice time based mostly on their Sooner Factors inside that group. Season tickets are topic to availability and making a deposit doesn’t assure entry to season tickets. People involved in making a seat deposit ought to go to www.soonersports.com or name the OU Athletics Ticket Workplace at 405-325-2424 or the Sooner Membership at 405-325-8000.

Extra info on the seating chart and season ticket pricing plan for Love’s Area will likely be launched as it’s finalized.

Those that are involved in giving to the softball mission ought to contact the Sooner Membership at (405) 325-8000 or go to TheSoonerClub.com/softball.


Oklahoma capped a record-breaking 2022 season with this system’s sixth general and second consecutive nationwide title, ending the season 59-3.

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