Photo Gallery: Florida Gators’ New Heavener Football Practice Facility

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Florida opened the doors of its James W. ‘Bill’ Heavener football training facility to the media on Monday, providing local media with a full tour of the Gators’ new $85 million facility in just over a week after players and coaches started moving in.

Here are some of the most notable observations to take away from the visit:

  • The Gary Condron Dining Hall, which will serve the 524 student-athletes, including visitors from Florida’s 21 sports teams, three times a day, five days a week.
  • The Gator Lounge recreation area includes a hair salon, zero-gravity massage chairs, a virtual reality room that will include a golf simulator, pool table, outdoor pool, basketball and volleyball courts.
  • The lockers, designed by Longhorn Lockers, cost $15,000 a piece according to the deputy executive director of sports for internal affairs, Chip Howard. Additional and much cheaper lockers are available for former UF student-athletes.
  • Two cryotherapy chambers, the first set at -67° and the second set at -167°. The maximum duration of use in the rooms is three and a half minutes.
  • Although ground was broken into at the facility under former head coach Dan Mullen and construction was completed under current head coach Billy Napier, Howard noted that former head coaches Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain pushed for a state-of-the-art facility during their time. at UF.
  • The final touches have yet to be put on the installation, but Howard shared that the project will be completed within budget.

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“You associate that with the [Otis] Hawkins Center [for Academic and Personal Excellence] right now,” Howard said, “that’s unprecedented in college sports.”

You can find AllGators‘ photo gallery of the visit below. Photos were not permitted to be taken in Gators locker rooms and coaches offices.

National Championship Coaches Trophies
SEC Championship Banners
Howard 2 chip
Championship Banners
Dining room 2
Dining room
Bar and nutritional space
Dinner menu
Alligator mural
Alligator Lounge
alligator style
Alligator VR
recreation area
Theater room 1
Theater room 2
Theater room 3
Alligators 2
Recovery room
Recovery room 2
Recovery pool
Steam chamber
Cyro Room 1
Cyro Room 2

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