W.T. Payne Natatorium dedicated

1980

In the physical education building now known as the Payne Athletic Center, a long awaited Olympic-size pool was made possible by Oklahoma City businessman W.T. Payne. Mr. Payne, who supplied a major portion of the funding for the $600,000 pool, was always interested in athletics, which led him to initiate the effort to build a natatorium as part of Oklahoma Christian’s athletic facilities.

“We are very grateful to Mr. Payne for his generosity in providing this important addition to our campus,” Oklahoma Christian president Dr. J. Terry Johnson said at the time. “Over the years, Mr. and Mrs. Payne have demonstrated their interest in Oklahoma Christian in many significant ways. The college is most fortunate to have such devoted friends.”

The 25-meter indoor pool is located on the south side of the building adjoining the existing dressing rooms and is accessible from the main lobby. Ranging from a depth of three feet to 10 feet, the pool features six lanes and two one-meter diving boards. There is ample seating for approximately 100 spectators, which allows for the convenience of on-campus swim and water exercise programs