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University of Florida – James W. (Bill) Heavener Football Training Center

Gainsville, FL

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In August 2022, the University of Florida celebrated the opening of the James W. “Bill” Heavener Football Training Center, just ahead of the upcoming season. The center serves as a world-class, 140,000-square-foot indoor training facility and day-to-day home for Florida football student-athletes and staff.

The impressive building includes two floors of high-performance training spaces for student-athletes, finished with modern amenities aimed to support the university’s efforts to recruit and retain top talent.

The first floor of the training center features a two-story weight room with a running track overlooking the strength and conditioning space, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows that offer views into the adjacent indoor practice field. A sleek and spacious locker room includes plush recliners for each athlete and is strategically located next to the weight room and practice fields for maximum efficiency. Recovery spaces include a sports medicine clinic, cryotherapy rooms, sauna, steam rooms, float tanks, hydrotherapy plunge pools, and additional rehabilitation spaces.

To prep for game days, the center includes a virtual reality space for game simulation and an all-team auditorium with stadium seating. The building also features conference rooms and offices with state-of-the-art technology, including a team meeting space with carpeting featuring yard lines to practice plays displayed on the room’s projector screen. Staff offices overlook a nearby practice field.

The facility also has a dining hall, lounge spaces, a barber shop, and a game room. Its aesthetic details include light wooden ceilings and large wall-running windows that add natural light and warmth throughout the center.

Behind the building is an outdoor pool providing a luxurious and spa-like environment, featuring palm trees and lounge seating. The outdoor space also includes basketball and volleyball courts and multi-purpose lawn.

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Pool Type

Outdoor Leisure

Therapy Pool

Project Type

University Athletics

Project Service

Design Services

Most Recent Project

Completed 2022

Architect

HOK

Project Amenities

Aquatic features at this facility, designed and specified by Counsilman-Hunsaker, include:

380 sq. ft. Indoor Therapy Pool

Two stair entries

Hydrotherapy bench

3,100 sq. ft. Outdoor Leisure Pool

Zero Beach entry

Two stair entries

Water volleyball

65 sq. ft. Outdoor Spa

Stair entry

Hydrotherapy bench

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