The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department announced the approval of and schedule for the construction of the Oklahoma Rowing Training Center, a state-of-the-art on-campus practice facility for OU's rowing program.

The project, recommended by President David Boren, was approved by the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents at their January 2013 meeting. This $6.5 million, 24,000-square foot facility represents the latest addition to an impressive list of infrastructure additions and improvements by OU Athletics on the Oklahoma campus. Current project plans call for groundbreaking to commence in March with an anticipated completion in the spring of 2014.

"The rowing training center reflects the University of Oklahoma's continuing commitment to providing all of our student-athletes with all of the resources and support necessary to excel at the highest level," OU Athletic Director Joe Castiglione said. "Coach (Leeanne) Crain and her staff are thrilled about our shared vision for developing one of the finest on-campus rowing facilities of its kind in the nation."

The new venue, one of just several on-campus rowing training facilities in the country will be located south of the rugby and soccer fields on the south side of Blankenship Boulevard. The team's on-campus training has been at Memorial Stadium since the program's inception in 2008-09.