Oklahoma will get $7 million upgrade to basketball facilities

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Oklahoma is getting a major overhaul for its men’s and women’s basketball programs as the school announced a $7 million addition to the Lloyd Noble Center that will give improved strength training facilities for both programs. A performance center will also be added in the project, which has no current timeline for completion.

“This facility is an elite sports science center that will enhance our ability to train student-athletes,” said OU Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione in the release. “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 addition will be approximately 18,400 gross square feet and should give the Sooners and head coach Lon Kruger some of the better facilities in the Big 12. The $7 million for the project was raised by private funds and athletics funds, according to the release.

“We need facilities that represent OU and its excellent tradition. 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 absolute best recruits,” Kruger said.

Clearly, Oklahoma is intent on staying in the Big 12’s elite for basketball and this is a significant move that should help them in recruiting.