STILL WATER – The Oklahoma state baseball home under construction is named after him – O’Brate Stadium.
The resort, which is slated to open in 2020, is named after Cecil O’Brate, who donated $ 35 million to the project. The name of the new stadium becomes official after approval by the OSU Board of Regents.
Born in Enid, Oklahoma, O’Brate attended the state of Oklahoma (then known as Oklahoma A&M) from 1946 to 1948 and pursued a career as a self-taught serial entrepreneur. He is the owner, developer and operator of several companies in many and diverse industries such as agriculture, banking, manufacturing, energy, hospitality, real estate, alternative energy, medicine and food science. .
“We are very grateful to Cecil O’Brate, and we are honored that his name is so linked to our baseball program,” said the Oklahoma State athletic director. Mike Holder. “He has achieved great personal and professional success, but he has such a humble and unpretentious way about him. He’s a real cowboy and has made a huge difference to us because without him we would still be in. trying to figure out how to build a new baseball stadium. “
One of college baseball’s most revered programs, Oklahoma State has made 44 trips to the NCAA tournament, 20 trips to the College World Series and boasts 32 conference championships, including the 2017 Big 12 title. In Robin Ventura and Pete Incaviglia , the Cowboys claim two of the greatest college baseball players of all time. Most recently, OSU made six consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament, with Super Regional appearances in 2014 and 2016 and a College World Series trip in 2016.
“OSU has always had a special place in my heart,” said O’Brate. “My time in what was then Oklahoma A&M provided a solid foundation for the successes I have achieved over the years. I am honored to give back to the university that started me 70 years ago. When I watch OSU today, I see a university that continues to enrich and inspire students. These students will carry the traditions and heart of OSU to the world. For this reason, I am proud to give to OSU and the new generations of Cowboys. Go Pokes. “
Located on the northeast corner at the intersection of Washington Street and McElroy Road, O’Brate Stadium is fast becoming the best varsity baseball center in the country. Inspired by the Boone Pickens stadium, the new home of the Cowboys has several amenities that cater to players and fans. The resort will consist of approximately 3,500 permanent seats, 13 suites and 400 premium seats in areas reserved for clubs and suites. Seats can be expanded to 8,000 as needed.
A playground and outdoor space on the grounds highlight the new family concepts incorporated into the design. The lobby area encompasses the entire playing field and includes washrooms and concessions along the first and third base lines, as well as washrooms and spaces for temporary options such as food trucks in the field. outside. Other hall features are tail tents, refreshment areas along the right and left field lines, a student-only section with special lodge seating, and terrace seating in the outfield that will serve families with young children and groups looking for space and the ability to move around freely while watching games.
“It’s a dream come true,” said OSU baseball coach Josh holliday. “This facility allows us to attract the best players from Oklahoma and across the country. We thank Mr. O’Brate for giving us the opportunity to offer our players and loyal fans the experience of The most incredible college baseball in the country. Our program has a very proud history and this facility allows us to create new traditions that will help us build the future. “