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‘Nap room’ part of Clemson’s new football facility

August 17, 2016 / Athletic AdministrationFootball
College football facilities are becoming so luxurious that it’s a wonder any student-athlete would ever go home.

At Clemson, they’ll almost never have to.

Screenshot via ClemsonTigers.com.
Screenshot via ClemsonTigers.com.

The State this week took a look inside the university’s new $55 million football complex, which is expected to be completed by January. It’s not necessarily an overstatement to say the facility has everything, as it even includes a “nap room” to aid football players in getting adequate rest.

We’ve long understood the importance of sleep for elite athletes, but this is the first time a campus has gone as far as building a room where players can take naps. Research in recent years has placed greater emphasis on sleep as it relates to recovery, and even athletes like Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Steph Curry and Paul George have spoken about getting rest after games and workouts.

From The State:

The nap room is the favorite feature of Thad Turnipseed, who is Clemson’s director of recruiting and external affairs after Dabo Swinney hired him away from Alabama. It will feature eight bunk beds, three massage chairs and bean bags.

“The number one problem is lack of sleep, and right now what guys do all over the country is bring a pillow and go find a staircase or locker or hallway, and they’ll lay down and sleep, especially during two-a-days and really all year long,” Turnipseed said. “The nap room cost very little and is a great benefit.”

According to The State, the new football complex also includes a players’ lounge with a bowling alley and arcade, a 24-seat HD theater, indoor golf simulator, nutrition center, and a “first-of-its-kind recruiting war room.” It’s safe to assume recruiting at Clemson just got a little bit easier.

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