USF Football begins the process of funding 40 million dollar practice stadium
By Alex Eubanks
After a record 8 million dollars was donated by Pam and Les Muma, University of South Florida Athletic Director Mark Harlan reviled plans for a new athletic complex for the USF Bulls football program. “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,” Harlan said.
This new complex, which will be roughly more than 160,000 square feet in size and will likely cost 40 million dollars, and will be funded through the USF: Unstoppable donations led campaign. With over 160,000 square feet of practice, training, rehabilitation, film study, meeting and team unity space, the USF Football Center will feature a full 100-yard indoor training field, a 2,563-square foot, state-of-the art strength & conditioning center, nearly 8,000 square feet of sports medicine and rehabilitation facility, more than 12,000 square feet of team meeting spaces, several coach and staff offices including video operations and an equipment room.
The new facility is supported by both USF football head coach Charlie Strong who said, “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.” As well as star player Quinton Flowers who believes that, “Having a state-of-the-art facility in which to prepare and practice, no matter the weather, and spaces for players and coaches to spend time together and become close will have a big impact on the success of our football team and the future Bulls who will carry on the tradition.”
With over 160,000 square feet of practice, training, rehabilitation, film study, meeting and team unity space, the USF Football Center will provide a springboard for student-athletes to maximize their talent and achieve their highest potential while positioning USF to compete among the nation’s elite collegiate programs for years to come. As well as potentially giving USF a huge boost in recruiting as, The USF Football Center will serve as a tangible and dramatic exclamation of our commitment to student-athlete success and achieving at the highest level
While the boost to the football program will be large and evident to see, expect each and every major sports program at USF to benefit from the relocation of football [which] will open up exciting opportunities for programs to expand their current footprint of team and staff space within the Lee Roy Selmon Athletics Center.