Lloyd Noble renovations approved

The OU Board of Regents approved the proposed $7 million plan to improve the Lloyd Noble Center.

It has been a while since basketball has been as popular as it is right now at Oklahoma, and OU’s home is getting some work done.

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents approved the design development plans for a Strength Training and Performance Center Addition project for the LNC during the Board’s meeting Thursday afternoon.

The item was on the agenda for the meeting. But because of impending severe weather hitting the area Thursday afternoon, there was no discussion on the matter. Instead, numerous items were motioned for approval at once.

“This facility is an elite sports science center that will enhance our ability to train student-athletes,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said. “We are focused on innovation and with this addition we move forward again in optimizing what student-athletes can achieve at the University of Oklahoma.

“We are committed to providing our student-athletes with a championship experience on every level and this is another project that reinforces our dedication.”

The facility will be approximately 18,400-gross-square-foot addition and will be constructed south of the two existing two practice courts that are used by the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

As part of the project, space for a performance center will also be constructed to accommodate equipment that will assist in performance testing and assessment.

The cost is estimated to be $7 million with all funding already identified from private donation and OU athletics funds. As of today, there is no timeline for when the construction will begin.

“We need facilities that represent OU and its excellent tradition,” basketball coach Lon Kruger said. “This new facility will help our student-athletes reach their full potential and will also allow us to successfully compete with other schools for the best recruits.”

The talk wasn’t all basketball at the meeting as the baseball and softball fields will also undergo some improvements.

The Board approved replacing the field surfaces at both fields and said the price will not exceed $2.565 million for the combined improvements.

The baseball and softball stadiums have been receiving improvements since 2006. With this one, construction is set to begin in June and will be completed by the fall.

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