As was announced last summer, Liberty is currently upgrading and expanding the Arthur L. Williams Football Operations Center (FOC). The exampsion will greatly enhance the size of the current FOC, which was built in 2006, from 48,000 square feet to 65,455 square feet of usable space. Construction began in December and is expected to be completed in January 2020.
The top floor of the newly renovated facility will house 17 offices, 12 position meeting rooms, and a 147-seat, theater style team meeting room. The head coach’s office will feature a walk-out patio overlooking Williams Stadium.
The ground level floor will include a new locker room with 122 lockers and an attached equipment room. A 13,000 square foot players lounge that can accommodate up to 130 people, including a nutrition center, will also be on this level. A glass enclosed cardio workout room will replace the existing front entrance to the operations center and the workout area will overlook the lower level. Additionally, this level will feature a new press room for weekly press conferences and postgame interviews as well as a new training room which will include 11 treatment beds, an onsite x-ray room, plus hydrotherapy pools.
The lower level of the FOC will feature a 16,000 square foot workout space which will be furnished with all the latest training equipment.
The locker room and training room facilities are expected to be functional in time for the start of the 2019 football season. During construction, the Flames will utilize the visiting team locker room in the indoor practice facility, while the coaching staff offices will be located on the 5th floor of Carter Tower on Williams Stadium’s east side.
This project continues to upgrade the facilities and amenities of Williams Stadium, as we saw a second level added to the west side and new berm behind the north end zone prior to the 2018 season. The previously announced expansion to the current 5-story tower on the east side of the stadium have been tentatively postponed as the focus will be on completing the FOC.
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