Construction Underway On New Football Training Facility
March 26, 2013
Fans who have driven past McGuirk Alumni Stadium on University Drive may have noticed a bit more temporary fencing along with heavy, earth-moving equipment over the last week. Construction of the new UMass Football Training Facility has officially begun with crews demolishing the former parking lot on the North end of the stadium to prep the site for the Training Facility.
Removal and new construction of the press box on the West side of the stadium will begin in the next few weeks. The entire project is set to be complete in July 2014 allowing the Minutemen to begin playing one-or-more games back in Amherst.
Below is the official project description from the the University's Facilities Planning Department.Project Description:
The University's football program recently began a new era as a full member of the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and a member of the Mid-American Conference. Football games have been held at McGuirk Alumni Stadium (the "Stadium") up thru the 2011 season. However, the current Stadium and team facilities are spread out in multiple locations on Campus and now cannot adequately support the team in the new FBS Conference. The current single-story Stadium Facilities Building is long outdated and well under-sized to support the upgraded football program and the requirements for both home and visiting teams on game days.
So, the University will be constructing a new team facility that includes adequate space for home team lockers, weight training, team meetings, coaching staff, and equipment storage all under one roof finally. The training & team facilities will provide all of the current student athletes a new state of the art facility to hone their athletic and academic performance, but also provide the Football Coaching staff a much needed recruiting tool as they seek to build the FBS UMass Football Program to compete at the highest national level. The new Football Performance Center will be located at the north end of the existing Stadium with a south-facing terrace overlooking the field. The new Football Performance Center has also been designed to be fully accessible for those that may have disabilities (or injured players) including elevators and restrooms, which the current facilities lack.
Additionally, the University's existing press box at the Stadium is too small, can only be accessed thru the stands, and is not constructed in a way that can be easily expanded. Therefore the existing press box will be demolished to make way for a new larger Press & Skybox Complex that can support all of today's critical broadcast, media, hospitality, and game day operational needs. The new Press & Skybox Complex will be located on the west side, but structurally independent from the existing Stadium. The new construction will also be fully accessible via stairs and an elevator from grade behind the west stands.
Project Program - Football Performance Center Program Areas:
Sustainable Design Efforts: