The Cowgirl Soccer Complex, also known as the Cowgirl Corral, was brought about through a series of stages along with the conception of the women's soccer program in 1996.
The Corral came into existence in 1996-97 when a sand-based playing field was created. The Cowgirls play on one of the best playing surfaces in the country. The pitch is a Bermuda Hybrid Tifway 419 grass that is often used on the premiere golf courses throughout the nation. The field is also designed to have an outstanding drainage system, ensuring that the Cowgirls can play shortly after even torrential downpours.
The field measures 115 X 75 yards and is well lit to accommodate night games throughout the season. In 2001, the addition of 1,000-seat bleachers to the east side of the field were put in place to accommodate the growing crowds at the Corral. The addition of these bleachers and the growing tradition of Cowgirl Soccer have helped OSU obtain a number four ranking in the Big 12 in average season attendance.
The capacity was again increased in recent years to make room for the ever-growing number of Cowgirl Soccer supporters. The addition of bleacher seating on the field level on the north and south ends of the playing field has led to capacity has swelling to 1,450, with room to accommodate even larger crowds.
Beginning with the 2010 Bedlam game, a mobile video board was placed in the southeast corner of the Cowgirl Soccer Complex to provide fans with scores, stats, and other information during the course of matches.
Oklahoma State's soccer program has been giving fans reason to be excited since its inception in 1996 but now the program is giving current and prospective student-athletes a new reason to be enthusiastic about the future.
The Cowgirl Soccer Complex was selected as a regional host site during the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship. Oklahoma State was joined in Stillwater by Memphis, Michigan and Oregon State during the opening rounds.
Oklahoma State won in come-from-behind fashion as the No. 6 Cowgirls earned their first-ever berth in the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship Sweet 16 with a 2-1 win over Oregon State in front of over 1,400 fans at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex.
"It means so much for this program," OSU head coach Colin Carmichael said of advancing to the Sweet 16. "We've been so close in the past. We've kind of complained about not being at home and losing so many close games on the road. You can see how hard it was for (Oregon State) to hold the lead. We were just so thankful we got to play in front of our fans. I truly believe that did make a little bit of difference. It maybe gives you that little 10 percent extra that you need."
With the win over Oregon State, the Cowgirls advanced and played host again. Duke visited Orange Country for the Sweet 16, but Oklahoma State prevailed once again, defeating the Blue Devils 2-0 in front of a crowd of 1,943.
A record crowd of 2,660 fans saw OSU take on national soccer
power Notre Dame in the Elite Eight round of the tournament. The Cowgirls were
knocked out of the tournament just one win away from the 2010 College Cup, but
the overflow crowd in Stillwater passed the 2003 Bedlam crowd of 2,307 as the
largest in program history.
A new multi-million dollar complex is in the works at Oklahoma State and it promises to improve the gameday experience for Cowgirl Soccer players, fans, and coaches.
The Cowgirl Soccer Complex is located northwest of the "Academic Core" of the OSU campus, near the Booker-Stinchcomb apartments and parking lot 74. Additional parking is also available north of the playing field. Directions for fans visiting from Oklahoma City and Tulsa are listed below. For additional help, consult the OSU Campus Map linked to the right.
From Oklahoma City