WUFT News

UAA Announces Plans For Indoor Football Practice Facility

By on January 21st, 2015

 

The University Athletic Association announced plans on Wednesday to build an indoor football practice facility.

Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley said in a press release the facility has been talked about internally for some time.

“We have always been able to utilize The O’Connell Center as an indoor option for the football team, but with the renovation starting this Spring, it will no longer be available,” Foley said.

Every team in the Southeastern Conference currently has an indoor practice facility or plans to build one. The project is expected to be completed by September 2015 and will bring the Gators up to speed while addressing weather-related practice issues, Scott Carter, UAA senior writer, said.

Dan Apple, assistant communications director, said 30 practices were affected by weather during the 2014 season.

“It provides us an opportunity to practice in inclement weather, which in the past we’ve had to either utilize the O’Connell Center or Florida Gym or adjust practice times or cancelled practices,” Apple said.

Chip Howard, Florida’s executive associate athletic director for internal affairs, worked closely on the plans with the Birmingham project designers, Davis Architects, and managers, Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors, Carter said.

Ground is expected to be broken this week on the facility, which will be built over the easternmost Sanders Football Practice Field. Carter said the new building will feature overhead roll-up doors on the east and west sides to allow for ventilation and easy access for the team to utilize the other existing fields–a 120-yard natural grass field and a 70-yard synthetic grass field, which will remain the same.

The plans will also redesign the entrance to the baseball stadium, football practice facility and adjoining plaza between the facilities, Carter said.

Funding for the $15 million project came from private gifts and capital financing, said Apple. Most of the construction will not take place during peak times and should not affect traffic in the area.


This entry was posted in University of Florida and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in University of Florida

Members of the University of Florida chapter of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity are under investigation after spitting on and taking flags from wounded veterans. The students and veterans were in Panama City Beach when the incident occurred.

UF Zeta Beta Tau Members Speak Out After Conduct Hearings

The UF chapter of Zeta Beta Tau was suspended indefinitely after they were accused of disrespecting veterans while on a retreat in Panama City Beach this April. In student conduct hearings held July 6, the university found the fraternity in violation of at least three different sections of the Student Conduct Code.


ShanksGooden

Shots Fired Near UF Dorm: Two People In Custody

One person who was carrying a firearm is in police custody after shots were fired at a Murphree Hall parking lot, according to an alert sent out by the university. Police continue to look for two witnesses in a blue Mazda truck last seen heading north away from campus.


Faculty Negotiator: Administration’s Newest Salary Offer Not Enough To Keep UF Competitive

University of Florida faculty representatives are not satisfied with the Board of Trustees’ most recent pay-raise offer of 2.5 percent. The two sides will meet again on July 30, said John Biro, lead faculty negotiator and UF philosophy professor.


Members of the University of Florida chapter of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity are under investigation after spitting on and taking flags from wounded veterans. The students and veterans were in Panama City Beach when the incident occurred.

Investigation Clears UF ZBT Members

Investigations found no evidence that UF’s Zeta Beta Tau chapter mistreated wounded veterans in Panama City Beach, according to a UF report released Thursday. A hearing later this summer will determine whether the chapter will be eligible to reopen, according to UF spokesperson Janine Sikes.


UF PaCE Complicates Applications To Professional Schools

The UF Pathway to Campus Enrollment program offers students admission to in-person classes after they complete UF Online courses and earn a total of 60 credits. Out of the 3,118 students who were admitted to PaCE, only 272 have accepted so far.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments