Gators Football Unveils Heavener Football Training Center
The Gators entered the 142,000-square foot, $85 million Heavener Football Training Center, a facility the school hopes will be a game-changer for both recruiting and efficiency. The team is to begin day-to-day football operations at Heavener.A recent story from GatorSports.com chronicled the facility unveiling to the football program and their reactions.
Below is an excerpt from the GatorSports.com article.
Amenities inside the building include a dining hall, lounge area, barber shop, virtual reality room, gaming and golf center, as well as resort-style pool area (65,000 gallons) with basketball courts and multipurpose lawn and volleyball areas.
“It’s just going to light a fire,” senior linebacker Ventrell Miller said. “I feel like anytime you get something new you’re always happy to check it out and see what it’s about. That should be pretty good.”
For football purposes, the center will feature 13,000 square feet of weight and training facilities, which overlook and are connected to the Condron Family Indoor Practice Facility.
The facility is for the most part operational, though scattered construction for certain areas will remain a work in progress throughout the month. The center is not yet open to the public or the media.
It will eventually open for student-athletes of all other UF sports closer to the first day of classes for the fall semester.
“It took support and dedication from a lot of individuals to make it a reality,” UF athletic director Scott Stricklin said. “It’s a tangible demonstration that we are committed to investing in our student-athletes and enhancing their experience at UF. Without our Boosters this project wouldn’t have been possible, and we’re grateful for the way they’ve helped this vision come to life.”