Gators move into Heavener Football Training Facility

For Soccer in Florida players, Sunday marked something of a move-in day.

The Gators have entered the 142,000-square-foot, $85 million Heavener Football Training Facility, a facility the school hopes will be a game-changer in recruiting and efficiency. The team is to begin daily football operations in Heavener.

Facilities inside the building include a dining room, lounge, hair salon, virtual reality room, game and golf center, as well as a resort-style swimming pool (65,000 gallons) with basketball courts and multi-purpose volleyball lawns and courts.

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UF players eager to see new digs

The Gators team tours the new football center on Sunday, August 14, 2022 at Heavener Football Training Center in Gainesville.

“It’s just gonna start a fire,” lead linebacker Ventell Miller said. “I feel like whenever you get something new, you’re always happy to check it out and see what it’s about. It should be pretty good.

“They told me it was going to be here since I was a freshman. It was six years ago. I am happy to be able to have it and be part of it this year.

For football purposes, the center will include 13,000 square feet of strength and training facilities, which overlooks and is connected to the Condron Family Indoor Training Facility.

“It’s something I’ve seen since I was a rookie in high school and I know all the other guys I’ve played with, we can’t wait,” the offensive lineman said. Michael Tarquin said. “I think it’s going to be a game changer. There are a lot of great things that are going to happen at this facility and they’re going to help us a lot to perform at a high level.”

The Gators' tour of the new football facility on Sunday, August 14, 2022 at Heavener Football Training Center in Gainesville.  UAA Communications Photo by Isabella Marley

The facility is largely operational, although scattered construction of some areas will remain ongoing throughout the month. The center is not yet open to the public or the media.

It will eventually be open to student-athletes from all other UF sports closer to the first day of classes for the fall semester.

“It took the support and dedication of many people to make this a reality,” said UF athletic director Scott Stricklin. “This is a tangible demonstration that we are committed to investing in our student-athletes and improving their experience at UF. Without our Boosters, this project would not have been possible, and we are grateful for how they helped bring this vision to life.

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