npressfetimg-1684.png

Watch now: ISU AD Kyle Brennan says indoor practice facility progressing – The Pantagraph



Participating in the April 9 ceremonial groundbreaking for Illinois State’s Indoor Practice Facility were (from left) Board of Trustees member Robert Navarro, vice president for university advancement Pat Vickerman, university president Terri Goss Kinzy, director of athletics Kyle Brennan, donor and former ISU football player BJ Bello and donor Dee Miller. At far right are former ISU player Jarel Miller and donor Sheila Marshall-Miller.


Randy Reinhardt



NORMAL – Illinois State held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new Indoor Practice Facility on April 9.

More than three months later, that ground on the Redbirds football team practice field north of Horton Field House remains undisturbed.

Yet Illinois State director of athletics Kyle Brennan points to the recent installation of a construction fence and trailer in an adjacent parking lot as a sign that the project is progressing.

“Would I have liked it done sooner? Absolutely,” Brennan said earlier this week. “The timeline on this project is going to be difficult to nail down. We’re dealing with the hand we’ve been dealt with the economy and inflation, labor shortages and supply chain issues. We’re trying to pull all those together to get it done as quickly as we can.”

Brennan expects dirt to be moved on the site of the $11.5 million facility in the next four weeks. The heated, dual-membrane fabric air dome will feature a 100-yard practice field with runoff areas and artificial turf to match the surface at Hancock Stadium.

“The plan is still to have it open for the spring for our student-athletes,” said Brennan. “Not when they get back in January, but more February or March right now. I want to have it before football starts spring ball. Those first few weeks in spring ball sometimes are pretty tough (weather wise).”

Brennan insists the delay has nothing to do with financial complications.

“No,” he said. “We’re good on the money.”

Here are Brennan’s thoughts on other issues involving the ISU athletic department as athletes begin returning to campus in early August.

Football scheduling

ISU has money making games scheduled with FBS programs for this fall (at Wisconsin on Sept. 3) as well as road games against Iowa in 2024, Oklahoma in 2025, Northern Illinois in 2026, Missouri in 2027 and Illinois in 2028.

The Redbirds do not have an FBS game, which typically comes with a guarantee of $300,000 to $700,000, locked in for 2023.

“That’s hard to find one year away,” Brennan said. “It’s possible, but most likely FCS (opponent). We’re open to guarantee games as well. But to try to find a game will be a challenge for us.”

ISU will “look for teams regionally that make sense, give us good competition, help us in strength of schedule yet also give us an opportunity to be successful,” according to Brennan. “We’ll look at opportunities from those angles and try to figure out who is the best fit for us.”

The …….

Source: https://pantagraph.com/sports/college/illinois-state/watch-now-isu-ad-kyle-brennan-says-indoor-practice-facility-progressing/article_64011dea-0855-11ed-8b93-77e3ce2ee473.html

Participating in the April 9 ceremonial groundbreaking for Illinois State’s Indoor Practice Facility were (from left) Board of Trustees member Robert Navarro, vice president for university advancement Pat Vickerman, university president Terri Goss Kinzy, director of athletics Kyle Brennan, donor and former ISU football player BJ Bello and donor Dee Miller. At far ri…….

Participating in the April 9 ceremonial groundbreaking for Illinois State’s Indoor Practice Facility were (from left) Board of Trustees member Robert Navarro, vice president for university advancement Pat Vickerman, university president Terri Goss Kinzy, director of athletics Kyle Brennan, donor and former ISU football player BJ Bello and donor Dee Miller. At far ri…….

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *