Rutgers is moving in to the Big Ten this year, which means the entire program is on the look out for new ways to improve the program. Could there be a new football building or stadium on the way in north Jersey?
The Big Ten Network interviewed Kyle Flood, head coach of the Scarlet Knights, and one quote is seeming to draw some interest from Rutgers fans, with speculation starting to run wild in some circles. Flood was asked by the BTN if the current facilities were up to par for the program to compete in the Big Ten on the field and in recruiting. Flood was complimentary of the facilities in place, but left the door open for some possible upgrades in the works.
“We did a stadium expansion back in 2008 that took our stadium up to about 55,000,” Flood said of High Point Solution Stadium, the home for Rutgers football. “Will that happen again? Some things will have to happen first before we expand again.”
Funding is always an issue, especially for a state university. Location is also a concern for Rutgers, as traffic getting to a game can be a hassle. But a stadium is only one option that Flood could be referring to. The more likely target could be a new or improved football building. Rutgers currently has three different football facilities in use, all in close proximity to the football stadium. A football administration houses the weight room, and an indoor training bubble for practices inside from inclement weather and a trio of outdoor fields are nearby.
“Recruits that come on campus are all pleasantly surprised by our facilities,” Flood said. “We are in planning stages now to build a new facility.”