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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) previewed its newly completed Indoor Athletic Training Facility (IATF) on August 15. Media and guests took a first look at the USD$18m, 92,000sqft building – the latest addition to Virginia Tech’s sports facilities.

Fred Ortiz, Associate Principal with HKS Sports & Entertainment Group and the lead designer on the project, said:

Former Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver was the champion of the project and Hokie Football Coach Frank Beamer inspired the design for the IATF.

Ortiz also explained at the Saturday event:

During a speech to the Richmond Hokie Club, Beamer made a connection to the university’s core values – inscribed on the pylons at Memorial Court above the War Memorial Chapel – as a device intended to motivate and inspire the football team. At team meals and before and after practice, the team would recite the following: Brotherhood, Leadership, Loyalty, Ut Prosim, Service, Sacrifice, Honour and Duty.

Pylons with the values are primary supports for IATF’s large barrel-vaulted roof, and serve as a daily reminder to student athletes as to why they are here and their role in the community.

Ortiz commented:

This large training facility had to fit, not only its immediate context, but also with the collegiate gothic-style buildings on campus.

Neighbours, the Cassell Coliseum and Merryman Center, inspire the barrel-vaulted roof form, and column support details mimic Lane Stadium.

Functional requirements for the facility included over 200,000sqft (210ft x 400ft) of flexible training space, appropriate run-off clearances and padded walls for safety, 85ft high clearance to accommodate special teams practice, high bay sports lighting and platforms at 20ft and 60ft heights allow for coaching and videographers to work both inside and out. Six garage doors allow a larger training area and ease of access, and a large translucent wall provides ambient light, minimising the use of power to illuminate the space.

Ortiz added:

To give you an idea of the scale of this facility, the White House can actually fit within this huge volume.

The entire design-build team, including partners at W. M. Jordan Company, are quite proud of this accomplishment.


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Dockers’ facility to set new AFL benchmark

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The Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) partnership with Fremantle Dockers AFL club is helping the Dockers fund its contribution to a AUD$109m integrated community and elite sport and recreational facility at a greenfield site at Cockburn Central West.

The Dockers have launched the Fremantle Dockers Foundation, in association with the ASF, to raise funds for the club’s new headquarters.

The City of Cockburn is contributing AUD$72.8m to the facility, which will also be a community aquatic and recreational centre. A further AUD$22.4m has been committed in Government grants, AUD$1m by Curtin University and the remainder will be generated by the Club.

The Dockers are hopeful business operators, high net-worth individuals and Club supporters will make financial contributions to the Foundation via the ASF. Donations of AUD$2 or more are tax deductible.

Commenting on the fundraising, Dockers Chief Executive, Steve Rosich, stated:

There’s no limit on the funding we’ll look to generate this year and in future years because the more funding we raise, the more resources we can put into our broader community and development programs.

Former club champion Peter Bell has agreed to become a Foundation ambassador alongside star midfielder Stephen Hill.

A full-time fundraising manager has been hired to drive special fundraising projects.

The Dockers new base will include a state-of-the-art training facility and will boast indoor and outdoor pools, hydrotherapy facilities, an adaptable AFL-sized oval, and a sport and retail shop.

Special projects, such as community engagement activities and education classes for school groups, will also be included.

Bell said the new facility will help attract top players to the Dockers and assist them fulfil their playing potential, stating “there’s no doubt with the technology, science and the education facilities that will be at this training centre that it will give the players a fillip.”

Dockers General Manager of Strategic Projects, Brad Paatsch, who has responsibility for the Foundation, said the ASF provided “great assistance with the fundraising project”.

Paatsch added:

The fundraising advice and strategic direction provided by the ASF has allowed us to successfully launch the project. We have received strong immediate support from our members and supporters with up to 50 donations received within the first few days of going public.

ASF Chief Executive Patrick Walker congratulated the Dockers on the multi-functional project:

This is a great example of an AFL club working with its partners, members and fans to build an exciting new facility which will provide widespread community benefits.

While the facilities’ primary focus is on the Dockers to remain one of the leading clubs in the AFL competition, its broad community plans will ensure AFL participation continues to thrive at a grassroots level and pathways to excellence exists for talented players.”

It is yet another fine example how AFL clubs are setting the benchmark when it comes to partnering with the ASF to raise funds for specific programs.

Construction works on the new facility is expected to start next month and it is planned for the Club to move to the new site in time for the start of the 2017 AFL season.

Click here to visit the ASF website.

Source: Australian Leisure Management magazine. Media Partner to our ‘live’ event Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015.

Lokomotiv Moscow settle into their tailor-made indoor football hall

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Training in comfort whatever the weather, that was the ambition of top soccer team Lokomotiv Moscow, and thanks to their new indoor football hall, this is exactly what they now have.

Veldeman designed the bespoke indoor training facility in collaboration with their Russian distributor, Magnum Sports.

The hall measures a grand total of 60m by 100m and satisfies snow-bearing regulations of 180kg per square metre. Over a height of 3m, a double PVC canvas is fitted, which creates an insulating effect. Thanks to a modern heating and air conditioning system, the temperature can be maintained at a pleasant level and the facility can be used for play throughout the year.

Olga Smorodskaya, FC Lokomotiv President, commented:

The very name ‘Lokomotiv’ implies the will to lead, to be the first. We’ve been the champions of Russia several times, and won several Russian Cups. Now we’re pioneering again: this structure is the first of its kind in Russia.

Veldeman has already built more than 400 sports halls for many different purposes all around the world. Some of the company’s previous indoor training facilities have been created for clubs including: KRC Genk, Philadelphia Eagles and MK Dons. Veldeman has also recently built five multi-sports halls in Russia, in different parts of Siberia and Moscow.

Gators announce plans for US$15m indoor practice facility for football

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The reboot of the University of Florida’s football program, which was punctuated by the hiring of head coach Jim McElwain last month, has received a further boost with the announcement of the construction of a new indoor practice facility.

The University Athletic Association (UAA) announced plans on Wednesday to start construction on the indoor practice facility for football.

The Gators are expected to break ground on the US$15m project this week, with plans to have the facility ready to use by early September.

Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley, said:

This is something we have talked about internally for some time. We have always been able to utilize the O’Connell Center as an indoor option for the football team, but with the renovation starting this spring, it will no longer be available.

The long-rumoured indoor practice facility will be built on the site of the Sanders Football Practice Fields, located adjacent to McKethan Stadium on the University of Florida’s campus.

The announcement comes at a time when indoor practice facilities are part of the normal landscape for major college football programs; every team in the Southeastern Conference either already has one or has plans to build one.

For the Gators it means an opportunity to escape the harsh heat and inclement weather that often plagues the team during fall camp, and to avoid missing significant practice time during the season due to weather conditions.

Twice during Florida’s preparation for Florida State in the final week of the regular season the Gators’ practices were either cut short or altered due to inclement weather.

Overall during the 2014 season, an estimated 30 practices were impacted by the weather, which forced the Gators to reschedule practice, move inside to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center or Florida Gym, or cancel practice completely.

The team is forced to stop practice when lightning is within an eight-mile radius.

Based on plans released by the UAA, the indoor practice facility will house a 120-yard synthetic turf football field, additional space for practice drills on the north end of the field, three camera platforms, satellite training-room facilities, equipment storage and restrooms.

The project also features a newly redesigned entrance to the baseball stadium and football practice facility, and an adjoining plaza between the facilities.

Chip Howard, Florida’s executive associate athletic director for internal affairs, has worked closely with project designer Davis Architects (Birmingham, Ala.) and Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors, located in Jacksonville, on developing proposals for the indoor practice facility.

The facility has the features to help the Gators achieve what they need to when forced to move inside to escape the weather.

In addition to the indoor practice facility, the Sanders football practice fields will include two natural grass fields, one 120-yard field (two end zones) and a 70-yard field (one end zone).

The indoor facility will have multiple overhead roll-up doors along the east and west side for ventilation, and also for easy access to allow the team to utilize all three fields during a practice. The facility will also be available for other Florida athletic teams to use as needed.

The estimated US$15m project will be funded through private gifts and capital financing.