At long last, USF is getting its long-desired indoor practice facility. USF Athletics Director Mark Harlan revealed the plans for the new football facility to the public today. The project is estimated to cost roughly $40 million and the funds will be raised through a donor project. Because this project must still be funded, there is no specific target date to begin breaking ground on the construction project on campus.
“We are very excited about the plans for this truly transformational facility, which will provide a world-class training center and base of operations for our outstanding football program,” Harlan said in a released statement. “The addition of more than 160,000-square feet of state-of-the-art space dedicated to student-athlete excellence will have a profound impact on our ability to recruit and prepare the best and brightest for competition at the highest level.”
The facility will include an 83,000-square foot indoor practice facility with a 100-yard turf field. The new facility will serve as the home base operations for the entire football program, bringing everything under one state-of-the-art roof in a significant step forward for the growing Bulls program.
In addition to an indoor practice field, the new facility will also include space for recruiting purposes, a strength and conditioning center for the football program, a 10,000-square foot locker room, players lounge, auditorium for team meetings and film review, a sports medicine facility, nutrition center, and offices for the entire coaching staff and other staff members, and more.
Florida, Florida State, and UCF all have indoor practice facilities, and Miami expects to have their indoor facility ready to use before the start of the 2018 season. USF getting an indoor facility will allow the Bulls to attempt staying on as close to the same playing field as the other in-state football programs.