By Jeremy Chisenhall on Jul 21, 2016, 12:15p
One way to help your football program when it’s in a rebuild period is to physically rebuild their facilities, and Kentucky has done just that.
The Wildcats football team now gets to enjoy a state-of-the-art $45 million training facility that totals 100,000 square feet.
That new weight room is massive, and is sure to accommodate every player for team workouts.
As for the locker room, it features ventilated lockers that will keep the room fresh, and those lockers have cup holders and phone chargers, both essentials for today’s college student. It also comes with the massive media board that you saw in the center back wall, along with a couple of TVs.
The film room looks quite a bit like an actual movie theater as you could see from the video, and it also sounds like one. The room’s technology features high-quality sound and video so the players can make the most of their film sessions (they even get the THX audio intro).
Those aren’t the only great parts though, as this new facility features a beautiful lobby with a massive TV, smaller meeting rooms for position groups, a team dining area with “Chef Marty,” and even a barber shop (yes, a barber shop).
But all the upgrades aren’t just for the players. There’s been plenty of work done to make the coaches feel right at home as well. Head Coach Mark Stoops has a new office overlooking the practice field, and there’s a new meeting room for coaches and other staff.
Perhaps the best part about this first unveiling is that several of the players expressed their gratitude to AD Mitch Barnhart and University President Eli Capilouto as they began to take in their new training home. It’s good to see that they’re showing thanks.
Now many will question whether or not this place is going to make the team play better, and I’d say that’s a good question, but I’d also answer yes. In the SEC, every school has state-of-the-art football training facilities and equipment, and if you’re not ahead of the curve you’ll quickly find yourself falling behind.
This facility will allow Kentucky’s team to be at its best. The new weight room gives them the best place to get stronger, and the new meeting and film rooms will allow them to relax in comfort as they study up on their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as opponents’ strengths and weaknesses.
On top of that, the new training rooms and locker rooms are going to make them right at home in this massive facility. Not only will it help current players, but it’ll be a huge recruiting tool for Mark Stoops, letting potential Wildcats see the incredible facilities that they could have at their disposal should they come to Lexington.
Heck, it’s already paid benefits with the recent camps that UK hosted this past weekend. There were a host of four-star prospects and many players holding high-major offers. It was called by some the most talented group of recruits UK has ever had, so if nothing else, the new facility is helping draw elite recruits to Lexington. Just getting great players to visit has been a tough ordeal for Kentucky Football in the past, but not anymore.
With the renovations made to Commonwealth Stadium previously, and now this massive new training facility, Kentucky football is looking better than ever. Hopefully these new and renovated buildings are a sign of more success to come for the program.
More details and unveilings are set to come over the next few days.