Photo Gallery: Take a tour of the Florida Gators IPF

With the nickname “Rainesville” the Florida Gators football team needed an indoor refuge to be able to retreat to when daily monsoons drown campus.

The University Athletic Association spared no expense when it came to giving the football team a safe haven from the elements, spending $17 million dollars on the facility that sits on top of the old football practice fields.

“I think it shows a commitment. It’s something that’s been long overdue. What it does is show a commitment. A commitment to this organization and this football program. It was something that’s going to help them be successful.”

Original plans included an option for a 60-yard field over the existing AstroTurf field but Jim McElwain played a big part in scrapping that plan and in building a full-length football field with a lounge and extra room off of the north end zone for linemen to work.

“They did that right. I’ve got to tell you man, I think you guys will be impressed,” McElwain said on Monday. “There’s a lot of space in there so we’re able to actually practice and have full practice and not hinder the drills.”

The original plans called for the indoor facility to be finished on October, 5 but the construction company worked double shifts, nights, weekends and holidays to ensure that the Gators would be able to get inside the facility before Fall Camp was over.

Monday afternoon the doors were opened to the media and Gator Country can now give you a tour of the Florida Gators indoor practice facility


Additionally, watch our very own Nick de la Torre and Gainesville TV 20’s Brandan McCall break in the new facility with a 40-yard dash.

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Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC