Photo Gallery: Gators’ New Heavener Football Training Center

Photo credit: Zach Goodall, AllGators.com

Florida opened the doors of its James W. ‘Bill’ Heavener Football Training Center to media on Monday, providing local reports a full tour of the Gators’ new $85 million facility just over a week after players and coaches began to move in.

A few of the most notable observations to pull from the tour include:

  • The Gary Condron Dining Hall, which will serve all 524 student-athletes including walk-ons across Florida’s 21 athletic teams three times a day, five days a week.
  • The Gator Lounge recreation area includes a barber shop, zero-gravity massage chairs, a virtual reality room that will feature a golf simulator, billiards, an outdoor swimming pool, basketball and volleyball courts.
  • The lockers, designed by Longhorn Lockers, cost $15,000 per unit according to executive associate athletics director for internal affairs Chip Howard. Additional, and much cheaper, lockers are available for the former UF student-athletes.
  • Two cryotherapy chambers, the first set to -67° and the second set to -167°. The maximum time of use in the rooms is three and a half minutes.
  • Although ground was broken on the facility under former head coach Dan Mullen and construction was completed under current head coach Billy Napier, Howard made note that former head coaches Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain pushed for a state-of-the-art facility during their time at UF.
  • The finishing touches have yet to be placed on the facility, but Howard shared that the project will finish under the allotted budget.

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