Hall of Fame Avenue in Stillwater is beginning to take on a hall of fame look as the building continues around the Oklahoma State athletic complex.
The latest facility to come on line at Oklahoma State is the Sherman E. Smith Training Center, which was scheduled to be completed in June of 2013. The indoor facility is surrounded by three new practice fields -- two grass fields and one artificial. The completion of the new fields and indoor facility provides OSU football with one of the best practice complexes in the country.
The Smith Center is located just across Hall of Fame Avenue from Boone Pickens Stadium.
The indoor training facility spans almost 94,000 feet and is large enough to host a soccer field. Its football configuration allows for 15 yards of clearance on both sidelines. The unique facility features six fabric roll-up doors (three on the east and west sides).
The indoor clearance of the facility is 65 feet above the playing surface. There are three indoor filming platforms and more platforms on the outside of the building for practices on the grass fields.
The new facility is named after long-time OSU donor Sherman E. Smith, who passed away on June 6, 2011.
“Sherman Smith was a good friend of mine,” said Mike Holder, OSU’s Director of Athletics. “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.
“It’s fitting that two of the most important structures for OSU Athletics are across the street from each other and bear the names of Sherman Smith and Boone Pickens.”
The Smith family donated $20 million for the construction and maintenance of the new center.