Hurricane Soccer & Track Stadium
The long-awaited new home for the Tulsa men's and women's soccer and track & field teams, the Hurricane Soccer & Track Stadium, was completed in August, 2003. The stadium was the third phase of the 10-year athletic master plan for campus development. The multi-purpose facility is part of the Donna J. Hardesty Sports and Recreation Complex, a 30-acre development at The University of Tulsa.
Designed by St. Louis-based Hastings & Chivetta Architects, Inc., the stadium features a 75' X 120' soccer field and an eight-lane 400-meter synthetic surface running track. The fully irrigated soccer field consists of Tiffsport sod on top of an eight-inch sand base to facilitate drainage to a system of pipes below. The stadium includes locker rooms, a training room, concession stand and storage area, a press box and seating for 2,000 spectators.
The stadium provides the University's soccer and track teams with a permanent track and natural grass field on campus, and allows the track teams to incorporate the hammer throw, discus, javelin and shot put into its field events.
The $4.5 million facility has generated excitement for the teams as well as enhance student-athlete recruitment opportunities. The facility further demonstrates The University of Tulsa's commitment to providing its Division I NCAA teams top notch athletic facilities. The Hurricane Soccer & Track Stadium has been the host site of three NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament first round games (2003, 2004, 2008), one NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament second round game (2007), a 2004 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament first round contest and the 2006 Conference USA Men's Soccer Tournament. During the 2005 campaign, the facility was featured on national television when the Tulsa men's soccer team faced off against 11th-ranked SMU on Fox Soccer Channel, and was again on Fox Soccer in 2007. The TU-SMU contest drew a stadium record crowd of 1,753.
On the track and field side, the stadium served as the host facility for the 2005 Western Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships and the 2009 Conference USA Track and Field Championships.
Other firms working on the stadium included the St. Louis companies of McClure Engineering Associates as mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer; and Jack Sontag, structural engineer. Tulsa-based companies include Saks & Associates providing civil engineering; Howell & Vancuren as the landscape architect; and Oakridge Builders as the general contractor.