Oregon opened the doors of its new football facility this week, and it is sure to blow you away. The 145,000-square-foot Football Performance Center cost about $68 million to build. When you see it, you might be surprised it didn’t cost more.
Sports Illustrated was given a behind-the-scenes tour of the new complex, during which they discovered high-tech lounges, offices and meeting rooms, furniture and marble that was imported from Italy, glass walls that serve as writing boards, and two auditoriums. Oregon’s unique colors and designs are featured throughout the facility.
The locker room, which looks like something that was plucked right off the set of “The Matrix,” features high-tech lockers. How can a locker be high-tech? For starters, they are fully ventilated to eliminate odors. Then there is the coded keypad, which spring-boards a player’s shoulder pads and helmet toward them from their position mounted on a shelf.
Oh yeah, and that was a barbershop that you saw:
That’s right, the players have their own personal barbershop. Oregon may have lost Chip Kelly after several years as a national championship contender, but its new complex should prove to be $68 million well spent. The top sports programs in the country have the best state-of-the-art facilities (whether they include a waterfall or not). This stuff matters to recruits, and Oregon’s new complex is going to blow high schoolers away. There’s no question it will help them in the post-Kelly era.Google+