UPDATE 2:00 p.m.
The finance committee has approved the new facility:
The $45 million football training facility moves through finance committee with no discussion. Next step is full board.
— Jen Smith (@jenheraldleader) January 31, 2014
The greatest offseason in the history of the Kentucky Wildcats football program may be the one currently going on.
There are now plans in the works for a $45 million project that would give UK a new training facility and practice fields. The proposal for these renovations was made Friday by Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart in front of the UK Board of Trustees and President Eli Capilouto.
The Board approved the football facility upgrades, and it will now move on to the finance committee. Here is the proposal and upgrades requests made by Barnhart today, which will be privately funded:
Background: This project will construct the Football Training Facilities and Practice Fields for
the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics football program. The project will include a new
two-story structure and two practice fields with an adjoining drill area. The new facilities will be
located at the east end of the existing Nutter Field House. The two-story structure for the football
program will house administrative offices, locker spaces, team meeting areas, training areas, high
performance and weight room spaces, equipment rooms, a hydrotherapy room, player locker
rooms, lounge facilities, an academic lounge/study area, and an entrance lobby with enhanced
visitor amenities. The project will provide a comprehensive complex to support the entire
football operation including Commonwealth Stadium and the Nutter Field House. In addition,
space in the Nutter Training Center currently used for the football program will be available to
serve University student-athletes participating in other sports.
The scope of this project is $45,000,000 and will be funded with private funds. If approved by
the Board of Trustees, this project will be submitted to the Council on Postsecondary Education
and the Capital Projects and Bond Oversight Committee for authorization at their February 2014
Happy days are coming back to Lexington soon for Kentucky football.
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