At this point, all you can do is laugh when collegiate athletics claim they don’t have enough money to pay these athletes who are responsible for facilities like this being built, but I digress.
There’s a new era in regards of South Carolina Football because the team has a brand spanking new facility that carries a $50 million price tag to it.
The facility has just about everything that you would need a place that is 110,000 square feet. It includes new locker rooms, dining rooms, a players lounge, interactive displays showing the history of the program, new weight room, a 15-seat movie theater, barber shop, and a recording studio that was donated by South Carolina alum Darius Rucker.
This facility was called a “game changer” by head coach Will Muschamp after first seeing the plans for it and this is why:
Via Post & Courier:
Muschamp’s office was in the north end of the stadium, the locker room was in the south; everybody would drive to practice, dress and then wait to cross Bluff Road, where a tram would cart the players to the field while the coaches mostly walked.
It’s nearly a staple of Bluff Road to have a police car, lights flashing, in the middle of the street adjacent to the stadium every morning from August to December. That’s to stop four lanes of traffic so the players can cross. Before the new practice fields were in place, USC had to cross Bluff, then National Guard Road, to get to the old field.
This $50M facility can change the dynamics of the football program and getting recruits. The program is hoping to return to their glory days of winning double-digit games again, something they haven’t done since 2011-2013 when Steve Spurrier was the head coach.
Just this past season, they went 7-6.