Donna J. Hardesty Sports and Recreation Complex
The University of Tulsa broke ground on a major campus expansion to be known as the Donna J. Hardesty Sports and Recreation Complex on February 18, 2000. Paving the way for a new home for the Golden Hurricane softball team.
The complex, named in honor of TU alumna Donna Hardesty, includes a soccer field, softball field, track, multi-purpose recreational field, student health and fitness center, student apartments and additional campus parking. The estimated cost of the development is $30 million.
The 30-acre development to the west of Delaware Avenue will extend from 10th Street to Fourth Place and Delaware Avenue to Columbia Avenue.
"This is a landmark day in the 105-year history of The University of Tulsa," said TU President Bob Lawless at the groundbreaking ceremony. "For the first time, our campus is growing to the west across Delaware Avenue, with an expansion many of us at TU have come to call our 'Field of Dreams.' Today, as we break ground on this major development, we extend special thanks to the two individuals whose generosity to TU has enabled us to make this monumental leap into the new century, Donna and Roger Hardesty."
Roger Hardesty, president of The Hardesty Companies, served as a member of the TU Board of Trustees from 1995-1998. Donna Hardesty is a TU alumna. Their daughter Debbie Cristo is also a TU alumna, and daughter Michelle Clary attended TU.
The softball field includes an outfield warning track, bullpens and batting cages along with a press box and scorboard. Sunken dugouts are located just below the burmed sitting area which will include a capacity of approximately 800.
"Having a facility on campus really means a lot to the student-athletes and the progress of our softball program," said TU head coach James Pinkerton. "This facility will have an impact on all facets of our program. It will help enhance the playing experience not only for our student-athletes, but the general student body can be more involved now that they will have a short distance to get to the game."