The Impact of an Indoor Facility

Florida State is heading into its prep week as they start the season against Western Carolina on September 6th. The Seminoles have had several days affected by inclement weather, proving once again the need for an indoor practice facility. NoleDigest talks about the necessity of the facility and the benefits it would have on the future of the program.

Florida State is considered by most college football fans as a traditional power due to the longevity of success they've had. The Seminoles have some of the best facilities you can find in all of college football, but the evolution of the game has forced the university to keep up with the jones', so to speak, and look at the long-discussed project of a indoor practice facility. Making the improvement to the school would impact the football team in several positive ways, and quite frankly it's almost a necessity now to stay among the nation's elite.

Indoor practice facilities are not cheap, and that seems to be one of the biggest hold-ups within the university. Such improvements to the school's athletic facilities run about $8 to $10 million. Head coach in waiting Jimbo Fisher made it known his desire for the school to make this happen as he spoke to several boosters and fundraisers over the summer about what it can do for the program. Schools like North Carolina, Ohio State, LSU and many others used the combination of school funds and raised money to make the dream a reality. For a school that raised $537,000 to remove a former coach, FSU realistically should have no problems raising the money. Typically, universities like to line up pledges for one-quarter to one-half of the amount they need in a quiet phase before formally announcing a project to the public. Fundraising is always challenging, especially when the economy is limping along. For a prominent program like FSU's, one would think raising the money would not be an issue.

Whether or not its right, a new indoor practice facility will attract recruits as they look for the latest and greatest to help them develop over their collegiate careers. Recruiting is the lifeblood of a college program, and FSU must keep up with the top programs as they continue to improve the tools they have in place for their players. Schools like BYU, Arizona State and others have noticed the immediate impact, saying that recruits are very impressed with what they see and are eager to be a student-athlete that can utilize the available facilities.

The practicality of the facility alone makes the indoor facility a smart move by FSU. It's basic, but the state of Florida is known for their summer lightning storms and the intense heat during the summer and early fall. The climate controlled unit would allow the team to practice in a comfortable and safe environment. As we've seen already during fall camp, the team often must move inside due to bad weather. When lightning strikes the team usually moves inside to a basketball court. How does that help the team improve when they can't even hold a full practice? With the facility the coaches and players can avoid this annoyance. There is no coincidence that most of the participants in high-level bowls last year have indoor facilities.

The impact of a new indoor facility won't be felt just on the football team. The space will not only provide the football team a chance to avoid the affects of the weather, but the university would be able to use the indoor facility in several different ways. Constructing a regulation-sized indoor athletic and sport training facility will significantly enhance the leadership and athletic character development of all Seminole athletes and students. Once complete, the university will operate an all-day/every day facility supporting total team and player development; thereby increasing their competitive edge as an institution and improving our overall success in intramural and intercollegiate athletics.

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