The Florida Gators have announced plans to build a new indoor practice facility that will be open for business by September. A full 120-yard facility will house a synthetic turf field, additional space for drill work on the north end of the field, three camera platforms, satellite training room facilities, equipment storage and restrooms.
“This is something we have talked about internally for some time,” said Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley. “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.”
Florida officials estimate that 30 practices were affected by inclimate weather during the 2014 season. In those instances, the
football team would move inside the O’Dome, to the Florida Gym, reschedule or even cancel practice.
Davis Architects out of Birmingham, Alabama, are leading the project design, while Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors have been tapped to manage the project.
The plans, which will break ground on the current Sanders practice facility, adjacent to McKethan Stadium, will allow for another 120-yard natural grass field with two endzones and a 70-yard field with one end zone. The indoor practice facility will have roll up panels that allow for ventilation as well as easy access to the other two fields during practices.
The project is estimated to cost approximately $15 million dollars and will be funded through private gifts and capital financing.