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USF announces plans for $40 million football facility

USF football team will get to practice indoors

University of South Florida on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, unveiled plans for a USF Football Center to be located on campus. The $40 million project, will expand upon the Morsani Football Practice Complex and feature an 83,000-square foot indoor pract
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University of South Florida on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, unveiled plans for a USF Football Center to be located on campus. The $40 million project, will expand upon the Morsani Football Practice Complex and feature an 83,000-square foot indoor pract

University of South Florida Athletics announced Thursday it will build a 160,000-square foot facility on campus.

The new addition will be called the USF Football Center and will be positioned next to the Lee Roy Selmon Athletics Center.

The $40 million project will be mostly paid for by donor contributions. The center expands upon the existing Morsani Football Practice Complex and will include an 83,000-square foot indoor practice facility, complete will a 100-yard turf field.

“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,” said Mark Harlan, USF’s athletics director. “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 center will also include a two-story, 80,000-square foot building that will serve as a “state-of-the-art home for the entire football program.”

Other focal points of the new facility include a 12,000-square foot strength and conditioning center, a players’ lounge, coach and staff offices, a team auditorium and a multi-purpose recruiting space.

“The USF Football Center will be a key step in drawing high-level student-athletes to USF and empowering our coaches and staff to develop those student-athletes, tap that potential and compete on an elite level,” said first-year head coach Charlie Strong.

The addition also increases USF Athletics’ flexibility and will allow other sports programs, such as the baseball, basketball and soccer teams, to train during unfavorable weather conditions.

According to the USF Football Center’s website, the university will not use student fees or tuition money to pay for the project, opting only for “private and corporate support.” There’s not yet a construction timeline because it is contingent on project funding.

Global design firm HOK created initial plans for the facility.

Ryan Callihan: 941-745-7095, @RCCallihan

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