The Florida football program announced plans for a brand new indoor practice facility earlier this morning.
The project is slated to cost $15 million and will begin this week, with plans to have the facility ready for use by early September. The new facility will feature multiple overhead roll-up doors for ventilation, allowing for easy access to the outdoor field during practice, three camera platforms, and ample room for equipment storage.
The facility will be built on the current site of the Sanders Football practice fields, and will the team from having to go to a gym or the O'Connell Center in the event of poor weather.
“This is something we have talked about internally for some time. We have always been able to utilize the O’Connell Center as an indoor option for the football team, but with the renovation starting this spring, it will no longer be available.” Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said.
GatorZone.com points out that during the course of the 2014 season, about 30 practices were impacted by weather, forcing the team to reschedule, cancel practice altogether, or move inside to gym or Stephen C. O'Connell Center.