Today the University of Oregon unveiled plans for a new, six-story building that will serve exclusively as the headquarters for the school’s football program.
(Wait, isn’t this where they invented the iPod?)
The building, which reportedly will cost $41 million, will be donated by Phil Knight after construction of the project is completed. The facility includes:
- Nine dedicated football position meeting rooms
- Two team video theaters Offense and defense strategy rooms
- Larger conference suite for the entire coaching staff.
- Players’ lounge
- Recruiting center to host prospective student-athletes
- Dedicated areas to accommodate professional scouts
- Media interview room
- Advanced video editing and distribution center
- State of the art laptop serial number removal soldering station
Okay, I made the last one up.
The entire project will be privately funded through the philanthropy of Phil and Penny Knight and will include no use of public, state or general university fund dollars. Construction is expected to get underway after the first of the year, with the anticipated completion targeted for the summer of 2013.
My favorite part of the Oregon press release about the new football facility is the mention of the new lacrosse stadium that will also be constructed as part of the project.
The expansion of the Casanova Center also will result in the creation of a new stadium complex for the school’s women’s soccer and lacrosse programs, which will be located at the east end of Autzen Stadium and to the south of PK Park.
Amenities to the first-class facility for spectators will include a pre-game event village that will include ticketing, concessions and restrooms also accessible for tailgaters that will enhance the Ducks’ fan experience during football game-day activities.
The synthetic playing surface also will allow for tented tailgating opportunities to take place inside the stadium during other athletics events.
So one of the main reasons the lacrosse and soccer facility is being built is so it can serve as a tailgating area for home football games.
In other news, Oregon State also announced it will soon be upgrading its football facility.
The school is reportedly set to replace the outdated cigarette machine located adjacent to the football team’s indoor picnic (training) table.
Though the donor for the upgrade wishes to remain anonymous, I have it on good authority that the Randy Quaid family trust may be behind such an act of profound generosity. #GOBEAVS
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