VOL. 130 | NO. 53 | Wednesday, March 18, 2015
New Tigers Football Facility Nears Kick-Off
By Amos Maki
The long-awaited goal of an indoor practice facility for the University of Memphis football team is becoming a reality.
The U of M has applied through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a $15 million building permit for the long-planned indoor facility at 1115 E. Getwell Loop. Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. is listed as the general contractor. Fleming Architects designed the facility.
The University of Memphis has applied for a $15 million building permit for a long-planned football indoor practice facility.
The university has been running a $40 million capital campaign to raise funds for the 74,000-square-foot indoor practice facility, which will be located on the university’s Park Avenue campus, and a new basketball practice facility to replace the Finch Center.
The university’s football facilities have received major upgrades in recent years.
A gift from NFL player and former Tigers running back DeAngelo Williams in 2011 funded renovations to the team’s locker room in the Billy J. Murphy Athletic Complex, including new lockers for players, flat-screen televisions suspended from the ceiling and a lounge area with a four-in-one screen television.
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium underwent major renovations in 2012 that included a $2.5 million video board, new turf and a new sound system, among other things. And the $15 million Tiger Lane project, which includes greenspace, additional parking and a western pedestrian gate into the Liberty Bowl, opened in 2010.
Here's a video with a 3-D look at the indoor football complex.