During halftime of Liberty's thrilling 24-21 upset victory over No. 4/4 Coastal Carolina, last Thursday, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell announced plans to build a new indoor football practice facility.
The Liberty Flames Sports Network was on site, capturing President Falwell's announcement to the media gathered in his suite in the Williams Stadium Tower.
The game between Big South rivals was televised on ESPNEWS, the first-ever nationally televised football game in program history.
Liberty Announces Plans to Build Indoor Football Practice Facility Press release issued on Nov. 19, 2015
A new indoor football practice facility will allow the Liberty University Flames Football program to cover more ground in its practice time.
The facility will be built in front of the Williams Football Operations Center at Williams Stadium, in place of the team's current grass practice field. Work is expected to begin after the end of the football season and is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2017.
"It's really important for football programs to have that ability to practice year-round," said Jeff Barber, director of athletics. "In bad-weather situations, it gives us extra practice time; we don't lose time on the field due to rain, snow, and ice."
Even when a storm threatens from miles away (NCAA rules call for stopping practice for at least 30 minutes when lightning is within eight miles), precious time won't be wasted, Barber said. No longer will coaches have to move practices to much later at night, or to postpone or even cancel them.
Building plans call for a curved roof, with a 70-foot high clearance. The facility will feature a turf playing surface.
The design, created to resemble other structures in Liberty's $500 million campus rebuilding project, incorporates a lot of glass to allow for natural light, in much the same way as the LaHaye Student Union across the road. The glass will be fully protected inside by netting and other materials.
Click here to read the full release and here a more in-depth interview with Director of Athletics Jeff Barber.
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