NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma’s newest student housing facility opened their doors Sunday for student athletes to begin moving in.
Headington Hall, located on Jenkins Avenue and Lindsey Street, will be home to 380 students this year, 180 of them student athletes.
The $75 million project, which was privately financed, was created with the idea of having all of the incoming student athletes under one roof, said Joe Castiglione, OU athletics director.
“We’re really trying to create an environment for student athletes and what they’re facing,” Castiglione said. “Not just for football, but for all sports.”
In a statement released by OU Football Coach Bob Stoops, he said Headington Hall is a “game-changer” for the university.
“Headington Hall is much more than a state-of-the-art residence hall, it’s a place that generations of Sooners will be able to call home,” Stoops said in the release. “We’ve all been eagerly watching the construction process from across the street from the Switzer Center. Our staff is anxious to have yet another first-class facility to further enhance the experience of our student-athletes at the University of Oklahoma.”
The football stadium is one view that is offered in many of the dorm rooms on the south side of the building. Jemma Cota, freshman soccer player, agreed that the view is nice, as well as her dorm room and the facility.
“This is amazing,” Cota said. “It’s fantastic.”
Cota is sharing the room with three other female soccer players in a two-bedroom, two-bathroom floorplan. Other floorplans include a two-bedroom, two-bathroom with just two people and a four-bedroom, four-bathroom with four people.
Castiglione said the facility is not the same student athlete housing facility that is across the street. He said it is an entirely different, bigger, more complex operation than they have ever had in the athletic department.