Groundbreaking ceremony for indoor practice facility set for Sept. 8

Coach Jeff Scott said the football program is entering its “next chapter” in an Aug. 3 press conference. USF ATHLETICS PHOTO

The USF football program announced via an email to “high-level donors” Monday the groundbreaking ceremony for its indoor practice facility will take place Sept. 8 at 11 a.m., according to Will Turner of 247Sports.

Plans for the construction of the indoor practice facility were first announced Feb. 24, along with the news that the Lee Roy Selmon Athletics Center would undergo renovations as well to upgrade the team’s facilities.

Those renovations were unveiled Aug. 3, but an official announcement about when the practice facility would break ground wasn’t made until now.

Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly discussed in February some of the features of the practice facility.

“[The facility] will encapsulate an entire football field, be climate controlled and have a wonderful lobby and observation deck,” he said. “It’ll be used obviously for football [and] for all of our athletic teams for practice and performance training.”

Kelly also mentioned the building wouldn’t only be used for athletics.

“The plan will also be to be able to hold other athletic events, other university events, foundation events … because quite frankly our campus can really use another venue of this magnitude, and it’ll be a huge asset to our campus,” Kelly said.

The Bulls are set to kick off their 25th season in program history Thursday against NC State at 7:30 p.m. in Raleigh, NC. The game will be televised on the ACC Network.