Check Out Auburn’s New $91.9 Million Football Performance Center

Auburn football has a new home.

On Friday, the program unveiled the new Woltosz Football Performance Center, a $91.9 million football-specific Tigers facility that began construction in March 2021 and was recently completed. The team is expected to move in “soon,” but not before the end of the regular season.

Local media were treated to a Friday tour of the facility, which is also open to the public for tours from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. this Friday and next Friday, on the eve of Auburn’s home final against the West from Kentucky.

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You can watch a video highlighting the visit at the top of this page. Below is a description of the walkthrough provided to the media:

At the entrance to the facility, a public lobby welcomes visitors and features nearly 2,000 square feet of digital media panels, as well as a display of the team’s BCS National Championship trophy. This leads to the facility’s main entrance, showcasing the program’s NFL pedigree and highlighting Auburn’s professional players.

This corridor is divided into three points. To the left is the new weight room, which features 22 weight racks downstairs, cardio equipment upstairs, an indoor ramp for conditioning exercises (like the one outside the athletics complex), and measures 25,000 square feet, roughly the size of the new Publix in downtown Auburn. Each weight rack includes a Perch system, with a camera that analyzes players’ reps and movements, providing data for feedback and analysis. This data can be displayed on the video board in the weight room for competitive use within the team, rack by rack.

The lighting in the weight room is made to look like eagles in flight, and there is also theatrical lighting in the middle of the room that is able to focus on each weight rack for dramatic effect on rehearsal days. maximum. According to Gregory Forthofer, Auburn’s capital programs manager, “special attention” was given to the design and upgrade of the weight room.

Next to the weight room is the new indoor training facility, which includes all LED lighting, has better acoustics than the current indoor training ground, and has more track between the training ground and the walls. Along one side of the indoor facility are three garage-style doors that lead to the two outdoor practice courts. The indoor facility benefits from much more natural lighting, with glass fronts throughout. The speaker system, installed on each column of the facility, can reach 130 decibels to help simulate crowd noise. These columns also feature CATAPULT antennas to set GPS parameters to track technology on players – speed, player performance rating and more. There are no video towers in the indoor facility or outdoor courts, with Auburn opting for more modern technology for shooting practices. There is a remote video studio with 10 workstations to monitor and edit training footage, with cameras strategically placed in the indoor and outdoor courts. These cameras also include microphones that communicate with the workstations, in case a coach wants a specific drill or game zoomed in or highlighted in the studio. The outdoor driving ranges also feature LED lighting to reduce light pollution in the area.

Next to the training grounds is the sports medicine area, which Forthofer says was another area highlighted during the design process. The room features registration tables on one side, examination tables in the middle, and rehab stations along the wall facing the outdoor courts. Major upgrades have been made to the hydrotherapy aspects of the facility, with four wet pools, including a HydroWorx 2000 aquatherapy pool that features an adjustable underwater treadmill for rehabilitation and underwater cameras to observe. There’s also a hot tub, cold tub, and large plunge pool, which is kept between 53 and 55 degrees for players to soak in for 10 minutes after practices. Its proximity to the training ground is also strategically planned in case a player overheats during training.

Down the halls is an equipment innovation lab and showroom that includes a 3D printer and a Falcon Pursuit machine that provides full-body scans – with 1,000 photos taken on a 360-degree rotating system – to provide accurate data points to analyze and overlay player performance in real time on a screen and develop braces and other equipment.

The first of two locker rooms has 125 lockers for clothes, with a TV screen with each player’s name, a storage drawer, a cup holder and a zero gravity chair. In the middle of this mudroom is a lounge area, with custom ottomans, gaming chairs, and other seating, as well as a 9-foot-by-28-foot concave video wall that can play videos, TV, and video. video games. Above the living room is a felt overhang intended to resemble the rolled oaks of Toomer’s Corner. This locker room also has a hair salon.

The second locker room is designed to prepare for training and is more like a locker room. Forthofer called it an “arsenal”, where players will keep their football gear. The separate locker room for this purpose was inspired by the locker rooms of the NHL, in particular the one used by the Nashville Predators.

Upstairs is a 180-seat team meeting room that can be partitioned into two separate 90-seat rooms. According to Forthofer, Auburn scoured the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins facilities extensively for ideas. At the college level, Clemson, South Carolina, Troy, West Point and Northwestern also served as inspiration. Also at professional level are the aforementioned Predators facilities, as well as some English Premier League clubs. The idea was to make the facility comparable to these, but find ways to separate Auburn’s new state-of-the-art facility from its peers.

The last stop on the tour was a passageway that led to the station’s meeting rooms. Everything in these meeting rooms is mobile; no fixed chairs, for more flexibility. The Tour Room features three projectors that stitch together a life-size image on the wall to help navigate specific situations and send opponents running. LSU, as well as the New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, and Houston Texans all have this technology in their team facilities.

Tom Green is an Auburn Beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.

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