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New facility the ‘living room’ for Florida athletics – 247Sports

Florida executive associate athletics director for internal affairs Chip Howard stood just inside the front entrance of the James W. Heavener Football Training Center, a project that he helped oversee for much of the last five years. 

Understandably, Howard was proud of the outcome: a categorically stunning $85 million facility outfitted with cutting-edge technology, craftily designed spaces that could allow for enhanced off-field football training, a state-of-the-art locker room in which each individual locker costs roughly $15,000, and a training center that includes hydrotherapy, cryotherapy, and more.

It’s the kind of building that can “impact a school forever,” Howard said at one point while offering a facility tour on Monday afternoon.

“When we went through the process, we visited a lot of schools and it wasn’t so much about what Clemson had or Alabama had or what FSU has or Kentucky, it’s what Florida could have,” Howard said. “When we looked at what we were looking for as it relates to the development of our student-athletes, the ability for them to efficiently work in a certain amount of time, you know, 20 hours a week, that’s how this was designed.”

But the bells and whistles of the facility were not the features that made Howard proudest. Instead, it was the building’s entry space, a vast lobby that points to the university’s strong history in all of its sports that connects to a dining hall, indoor recreation area, lounge and accesses the facility’s outdoor amenities. Why?

“This is an all-student-athlete amenity area,” Howard said with a smile. “Most times when you go to a football facility or a football complex, it’s football only. What we thought was, how do we make the entire program better? This all-athlete amenity area, coupled with the Hawkins Center, there’s no comparison in college sports for what we can do to help our student-athletes.”

Some of that help will come immediately. On Wednesday, Howard said the dining hall in the front entry space of the James W. Heavener Football Training Center will be fully operational, serving three meals a day, five days a week starting at 7 a.m.

And when that dining hall opens on Aug. 24 it will make history. For the first time in Florida history, all 500-plus student-athletes will have a three-meal-a-day meal plan, which was made possible by the school’s fundraising efforts over the last several years.

Athletes from all Florida sports will also have access to an indoor recreational area with TVs, a pool table, massage chairs, a place to get their hair cut, a virtual reality room and a lounge. That space connects to the facility’s outdoor amenities which include a resort-style pool and basketball court.

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin called it the new “living room” for Florida Gators athletics.

“I think what’s uniquely Florida is the swimming pool and the outdoor amenity area,” Howard said. “Student-athletes can relax and hang out. You can eat here and you can have a Heisman Trophy candidate eating next to a gold-medal winner. The interaction we’re going to see in this area, I think it’s going to be exciting.”

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Source: https://247sports.com/college/florida/Article/Florida-football-facility-meal-plan-Scott-Stricklin-Chip-Howard-Gators-191934277/

Florida executive associate athletics director for internal affairs Chip Howard stood just inside the front entrance of the James W. Heavener Football Training Center, a project that he helped oversee for much of the last five years. 

Understandably, Howard was proud of the outcome: a categorically stunning $85 million facility outfitted with cutting-edge technology, craftily designed spaces that could allow for enhanced off-field football training, a state-of-the-art locker room in which each individual locker costs roughly $15,000, and a training center that includes hydrotherapy, cryotherapy, and more.

It’s the kind of building that can “impact a school forever,”…….

Florida executive associate athletics director for internal affairs Chip Howard stood just inside the front entrance of the James W. Heavener Football Training Center, a project that he helped oversee for much of the last five years. 

Understandably, Howard was proud of the outcome: a categorically stunning $85 million facility outfitted with cutting-edge technology, craftily designed spaces that could allow for enhanced off-field football training, a state-of-the-art locker room in which each individual locker costs roughly $15,000, and a training center that includes hydrotherapy, cryotherapy, and more.

It’s the kind of building that can “impact a school forever,”…….

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