June 18, 2010
AUBURN -- The Auburn University Board of Trustees on Friday approved plans for a multipurpose indoor practice facility for football and other sports at Auburn. The facility will feature a 100-yard field and will allow Auburn football, baseball, softball, soccer and track teams to practice indoors during inclement weather.
"We appreciate the vision and leadership of Dr. Gogue and the Trustees in approving the multipurpose indoor practice facility," Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs said. "The indoor facility is yet another brick in the foundation we are building for Auburn football and other sports that will train there. This facility will be financed entirely by private funds that we intend to raise, so the support of the Auburn Family will be critical as we press ahead. Today's vote is another step forward as we continue to methodically execute our master facilities plan with the support of the president and the Trustees."
Construction on the 92,000 square-foot, $16 million facility is expected to be completed by the fall of 2011.
Auburn Head Coach Gene Chizik said the project would be a major boost for the football program as well as other sports.
"I want to thank Jay Jacobs, President Gogue and the Trustees for approving this project," Chizik said. "This is a huge step forward for our football facilities, and we are pleased that it will also benefit other sports at Auburn as well. The multipurpose indoor facility will complement the renovations made at the Auburn Athletic Complex the past several years and the ongoing improvements at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Thanks to the vision Jay has for the athletic department and the support of Dr. Gogue and the Trustees, Auburn's facilities are in great shape and are only getting better, which is important for our recruits and for our fans."
The facility will be located adjacent to the current football practice fields behind the Auburn Athletic Complex. It will run east and west along Samford Avenue and will connect with the Charlotte G. Lowder Student-Athlete Development Center and the James T. Tatum Jr. Strength and Conditioning Center. Athletics plans to continue using the existing John H. Watson Field House when construction of the new indoor facility is completed.