OSU on Sunday night teased what is expected to be a major announcement coming Monday related to possible facilities upgrades on the Stillwater campus in a viral tweet that has OSU Twitter abuzz.
The post, shared by OSU’s main athletics account, is a brief 11-second video of drone footage that oversees Boone Pickens Stadium, Gallagher-Iba and the OSU campus’ myriad athletic facilities. The replies are full of responses that read, “We’re all in,” from the basketball account, the softball account, the football account, the wrestling account, the golf account, the equestrian account, and the track and field account.
“Oklahoma State athletic director Chad Weiberg will host a news conference at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the football team room inside the west end zone of Boone Pickens Stadium to discuss the OSU Athletics Vision Plan for the future,” OSU said Sunday night shortly after releasing the following clip:
I don’t want to speculate too much because it’s pretty clear OSU has some big news it wants to share for itself, but as an expert internet troll, I watched the clip in slow-mo and if you stop it at various points, it appears to show holograms of what would be new structures on the campus. Those structures would appear to be related to softball and the football practice facility as well as something attached (possibly?) to Gallagher-Iba and another building that may accommodate track and field. Since we’re speculating here, one would guess whatever announcement is coming down the pike would also involve golf, wrestling, equestrian and hoops. (Just guessing it won’t involve baseball, because baseball’s already got brand-new digs.)
Only those at OSU know the exact details of whatever is to be unveiled Monday, but OSU athletic director Chad Weiberg has for years been talking about plans to upgrade facilities for the wrestling team, softball and track, so upgrades for all those would track.
“We do have a facilities master plan and will continue to work on that plan,” Weiberg said two years ago. “I’m not going to stand up here and tell you exactly the order of it, but we have been public with the fact that a wrestling training facility is one of our priorities. Because of the success we’ve had in softball, we know we need and want to address that facility as well. One of the final major pieces of the master plan is an indoor track. We’ve got to have a facility where our track student athletes can train when it is cold and raining.
“We will be looking at all of those things and what the timing of that looks like, we don’t know yet. Part of it will depend on the support we get for those projects.”