Athletic Facilities across the Nation

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Panthers announced their plans for the Dome:



Isn’t the state of Iowa giving money to UNI to help renovate the dome? Thought I read it somewhere, but I may be wrong.
 

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Been there for high school football championships it's a nice place for that. Comfortable but not too big.
Interestingly I ran a track meet there way back when in high school and I attended an ISU/UNI basketball game in there but I have never seen a football game in the dome.
 

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Soldier Field will probably be their permanent home and main tenant after Bears would leave?
(You'd think)
If they can't get the turf right for football I don't know how the Fire and MLS would be happy with it for soccer. Most soccer players and organizations are pretty picky about the turf. It makes sense because the ball travels and bounces on the turf a lot more regularly in soccer than in football so imperfections are more noticable and affect the game more. Heck, most leagues don't even want their teams playing on artificial turf because balls behave so differently (bounce higher, skip more when wet, etc.) on the fake stuff.

The Fire moving to Evanston would be a great move facility-wise, but I wonder where the heart of their fanbase is and if that would be moving too far away from the heart of it. 35,000 would be much better for a middle of the pack (1 playoff appearance in the last 6 years) MLS side than the 61,500 at Soldier Field.
 

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Wonder if they have the private donations secured for this already? They announced big stadium plans a few years back but never got the money. I can see the same thing happening again when KU starts racking up losses in conference and reality sets back in.

This is my thought too, they have been trying to raise funds to update their stadium for probably the past decade.
 

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Isn’t the state of Iowa giving money to UNI to help renovate the dome? Thought I read it somewhere, but I may be wrong.
There will be some tourism grants as part of the funding package. Yes.

I, too, will believe it when I see it. They announced $77M in upgrades (Dome, Basketball/Volleyball/Wrestling practice facilities, Outdoor Track renovation, On campus soccer game facilities) but I don't believe that the current AD and administration is capable of either raising the funds or getting anything other than a wildly scaled back version done. Remember, this is the group that allowed the West Gym to basically be condemned and that acted surprised when it happened.
 

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Auburn's new $92 million FB facility just opened up:

Some more details on the Facility. Interesting they have 2 different locker rooms:

— first of two locker rooms is the “lounge” with individual lockers circling around a main lounge area in the middle; this “locker room” has no actual equipment, it’s a clean room where each individual locker has a zero-gravity chair, TV, charging station — it’s a place to relax and focus before practice, with the lounge area in the middle with beanbags and chairs

9×28 foot videoboard in the lounge area where it can be split into two screens, film, play video games, you name it

the “armory” is the second locker room/equipment area that lets the players know it’s “go time”

— this locker room is where players get prepared for practice, stainless steel seats designed to get ready and go practice

— helmets, shoulder pads, cleats and equipment all have their individual places within each locker with dryers built in; very unique concept of keeping dirty stuff and clean stuff very separate.


— the entire facility is built on 12 acres

— looked extensively at the Bears and Dolphins facilities, plus LSU and Clemson, the Nashville Predators, and even English Premier League facilities

— the lobby is the only publicly accessible part of the facility; everything past that is accessible by credential only

— 3,000 sq. ft. of digital media (monitors) space in the facility

— multi-purpose room in the front of the facility

— “NFL” display only has one static NFL logo (the shield), but everything else associated with the NFL display is digital and can be updated immediately; the space can be activated in real time, change content for players drafted, Pro Bowl selections, etc.

— coaches office above the weight room

— weight room is 25,000 sq. ft., about the size of the new Publix in downtown Auburn

— theatrical lights in the middle of the weight room, so each individual rack can be highlighted on “max” day and other times

— new ramp that connects to a garage door that opens into the indoor facility, so plenty of runway heading onto the ramp or down from the ramp

— 22 racks, with each rack having a “perch” system with a camera scanning the player during their workouts; scanning reps, range of motion, anything and everything, and all the data is transmitted in real time to tablets and screens in the weight room

— new indoor practice facility has all LED lighting, very bright, plus sunlight coming through windows on either side of the field

— very quiet facility, even with air conditioning running (sock system), helps with coaching and communicating

— speakers throughout the indoor facility allow for 130 decibels of sound to be pumped into the facility

— Catapult system linked throughout the indoor facility to track player movements through GSP monitoring through an invisible web displayed across the field

— NO camera perches, all video is done with remote cameras attached throughout, and all video and sound goes back to a video room/booth where staffers can run the entire practice from a control room, zoom in on specific drills or players, etc.; no camera towers needed

— two complete outdoor fields that run north and south, same as Jordan-Hare Stadium, with tons of extra artificial grass room around the outside of the fields

— crown of the field with less slope than inside JHS, more accurate with other opponents’ fields Auburn plays on

— the outdoor field are is around 4-5 acres

–hydrotherapy with four pools; the Hydroworks2000 has under water cameras and a treadmill that raises up and down in the water, hot tub, small cold tub, and large plunge pool designed for the players to enter after any lift or practice

— plunge pool temperature is 55 degrees, basically an ice bath after working out

— all offices, like player personnel and creative, are next to other offices, so collaboration and communication is made easier

— dedicated players’ entrance, not through the lobby

— showroom for innovations for equipment staff, including Falcon Pursuit machine that scans the entire body and 3D printing can take place to make inserts and braces for injuries

— scans create accurate data points for player performance, center of mass, weight gain

— Gatorade created one of their largest food/drink bars they’ve ever created heading into the locker room

— players have a “car wash” that they walk through to rinse off on the way to the hydrotherapy pools

— team room sits 180 people with a wall that can come down in the middle and separate the room into 90 and 90 people

— two very large HD boards on each side of the team room

— unbelievable virtual reality-type room where Auburn’s offense and defense can actually line up in formation and look onto a giant, wide screen where the opponents’ formation can be displayed in actual size, and film can be run so the offense or defense can see pre-snap motion and the actual play being run based on scout team film

— this VR-type room can take the place of classrooms and you’re seeing, while not having to be on the field, formations and motions in preparation for games (LSU, Patriots, Texans, Bears, all have this)

— “cat bird” space is high and in the middle of the facility, and can overlook into the weight room, overlook the indoor facility, as well as the lobby; great place for families, guests to hang and watch into those different spaces

For photos of the place (scroll down when you get to the site):

 

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Some more details on the Facility. Interesting they have 2 different locker rooms:

— first of two locker rooms is the “lounge” with individual lockers circling around a main lounge area in the middle; this “locker room” has no actual equipment, it’s a clean room where each individual locker has a zero-gravity chair, TV, charging station — it’s a place to relax and focus before practice, with the lounge area in the middle with beanbags and chairs

9×28 foot videoboard in the lounge area where it can be split into two screens, film, play video games, you name it

the “armory” is the second locker room/equipment area that lets the players know it’s “go time”

— this locker room is where players get prepared for practice, stainless steel seats designed to get ready and go practice

— helmets, shoulder pads, cleats and equipment all have their individual places within each locker with dryers built in; very unique concept of keeping dirty stuff and clean stuff very separate.


— the entire facility is built on 12 acres

— looked extensively at the Bears and Dolphins facilities, plus LSU and Clemson, the Nashville Predators, and even English Premier League facilities

— the lobby is the only publicly accessible part of the facility; everything past that is accessible by credential only

— 3,000 sq. ft. of digital media (monitors) space in the facility

— multi-purpose room in the front of the facility

— “NFL” display only has one static NFL logo (the shield), but everything else associated with the NFL display is digital and can be updated immediately; the space can be activated in real time, change content for players drafted, Pro Bowl selections, etc.

— coaches office above the weight room

— weight room is 25,000 sq. ft., about the size of the new Publix in downtown Auburn

— theatrical lights in the middle of the weight room, so each individual rack can be highlighted on “max” day and other times

— new ramp that connects to a garage door that opens into the indoor facility, so plenty of runway heading onto the ramp or down from the ramp

— 22 racks, with each rack having a “perch” system with a camera scanning the player during their workouts; scanning reps, range of motion, anything and everything, and all the data is transmitted in real time to tablets and screens in the weight room

— new indoor practice facility has all LED lighting, very bright, plus sunlight coming through windows on either side of the field

— very quiet facility, even with air conditioning running (sock system), helps with coaching and communicating

— speakers throughout the indoor facility allow for 130 decibels of sound to be pumped into the facility

— Catapult system linked throughout the indoor facility to track player movements through GSP monitoring through an invisible web displayed across the field

— NO camera perches, all video is done with remote cameras attached throughout, and all video and sound goes back to a video room/booth where staffers can run the entire practice from a control room, zoom in on specific drills or players, etc.; no camera towers needed

— two complete outdoor fields that run north and south, same as Jordan-Hare Stadium, with tons of extra artificial grass room around the outside of the fields

— crown of the field with less slope than inside JHS, more accurate with other opponents’ fields Auburn plays on

— the outdoor field are is around 4-5 acres

–hydrotherapy with four pools; the Hydroworks2000 has under water cameras and a treadmill that raises up and down in the water, hot tub, small cold tub, and large plunge pool designed for the players to enter after any lift or practice

— plunge pool temperature is 55 degrees, basically an ice bath after working out

— all offices, like player personnel and creative, are next to other offices, so collaboration and communication is made easier

— dedicated players’ entrance, not through the lobby

— showroom for innovations for equipment staff, including Falcon Pursuit machine that scans the entire body and 3D printing can take place to make inserts and braces for injuries

— scans create accurate data points for player performance, center of mass, weight gain

— Gatorade created one of their largest food/drink bars they’ve ever created heading into the locker room

— players have a “car wash” that they walk through to rinse off on the way to the hydrotherapy pools

— team room sits 180 people with a wall that can come down in the middle and separate the room into 90 and 90 people

— two very large HD boards on each side of the team room

— unbelievable virtual reality-type room where Auburn’s offense and defense can actually line up in formation and look onto a giant, wide screen where the opponents’ formation can be displayed in actual size, and film can be run so the offense or defense can see pre-snap motion and the actual play being run based on scout team film

— this VR-type room can take the place of classrooms and you’re seeing, while not having to be on the field, formations and motions in preparation for games (LSU, Patriots, Texans, Bears, all have this)

— “cat bird” space is high and in the middle of the facility, and can overlook into the weight room, overlook the indoor facility, as well as the lobby; great place for families, guests to hang and watch into those different spaces

For photos of the place (scroll down when you get to the site):

Looks like Lane Kiffin will have a ton of new toys to play with and leverage for recruiting.

Kiffin to Auburn is a near done deal according to many.
 

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SMU with a big Reno


 

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They don’t realize they need a stadium. Although their facilities have admittedly been pretty poor.
Strange that they had to include the parking structure in the back in the photo. Maybe parking is at such a premium that it would be a marketing tool.