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Report: Minnesota set to build $70 million football practice facility

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Per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Sid Hartman, Minnesota will build a $70 million indoor practice facility for its football team with construction beginning in December.

The Gophers have been using an indoor practice facility built in 1985 that lags behind much of the Big Ten — the ceiling isn’t high enough for punters to work, for instance. And given the general harshness of Minnesota winters (which stretch well into spring), it’d probably be a good thing if the Gophers had themselves a state-of-the-art indoor facility.

Minnesota has some decent momentum after reaching bowl games in back-to-back seasons under Jerry Kill, though the Gophers haven’t been ranked in the AP poll since 2008 and haven’t finished a season in the top 25 since 2003.

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10 Responses to “Report: Minnesota set to build $70 million football practice facility”
  1. mydixienormus says: Mar 27, 2014 10:59 AM

  2. philwauke says: Mar 27, 2014 11:23 AM

    Practice? We’re talking about practice?

  3. mrterpnc says: Mar 27, 2014 11:24 AM

    Good move for the Gophers!!! Hopefully Maryland will be able to start their facility in the near future as well. All good for B1G football.

  4. imaduffer says: Mar 27, 2014 11:33 AM

    I think the workers that build the new facility should get a free education, room and board and four years to build it. Of course if they get injured on the job they get an extra year to finish.

  5. manik56 says: Mar 27, 2014 1:01 PM

    Who is going to use this $70 million facility? The “unpaid” players?

  6. cubano76 says: Mar 27, 2014 2:34 PM

    For as much as they punt, this is a pretty good investment.

  7. dmvtransplant says: Mar 27, 2014 5:30 PM

    @ mrterpnc

    Where on campus at Maryland would the practice facility even go?

  8. Professor Fate says: Mar 27, 2014 8:07 PM

    Here in a nutshell is the counter-argument to continued NCAA claims that they shouldn’t have to pay the people who actually make this sort of thing possible. That $70 million all comes from alumni donations, right?

    imaduffer- I laughed at that one, but chances are pretty good the folks building that facility already get a better salary and benefits.

    manik56- I should think so, since those unpaid players past and present generated the revenue to build it.

  9. bballnut50 says: Mar 27, 2014 8:39 PM

    Update-no practice facility “yet” Senior Sid jumped the gun. It will get soon the folks at the “U” report.

  10. scbaby2013 says: Mar 28, 2014 10:40 PM

    That’s a beautiful campus. Would be cool to see the gophers do well

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