Any hopes of South Alabama’s football program enjoying a new indoor facility ended on Saturday when the Jaguars’ under-construction facility collapsed. No workers were present at the time of the collapse, and no one was injured.
Jaguar Training Center collapsed this afternoon – thankfully nobody hurt – incredible site – will be gathering information – Go Jags! pic.twitter.com/gdfdtXS27L
— Joel Erdmann (@JagsAD) July 22, 2017
“At approximately 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, the structure of the Jaguar Training Center, a covered athletics practice facility that is under construction on the University of South Alabama campus, fell within the construction limits of the site. No workers were present in that area at the time,” the school said in a statement.
“University Police secured the scene of the event, which is under investigation. No determination has been made at this time about the cause.”
— Alyssa Newton (@AlyssaKNewton) July 22, 2017
South Alabama will move forward with plans to construct an indoor facility, though the school has yet to decide if it will press forward with the planned design or move to a new one.
Here’s what the 96,000-square foot facility looked like in the latest update provided by the school before the collapse.
— USA Jaguar Athletics (@USAJaguarSports) July 14, 2017
The original plan called for Joey Jones’s program to move in before this season, but weather delays called for the move-in date to be pushed back to later in the year.
South Alabama opens the season at Ole Miss on Sept. 2.