Oregon Unveils New $68 Million Facility
It didn’t take long for Oregon to steal the title of “Most Awe-Inspiring Football Facility” back from Alabama.
Like so many aspects of the Ducks’ football program, the $68 million Football Performance Center — which opens for business this week — looks like something out of the future. Among the many features of the new facility to take our breath away, the following were our personal favorites:
Sixty-four 55-inch televisions can be linked to show one integrated image or 64 individual views. There are also display cases for all the different Oregon uniforms over the years (one that will hopefully be easy to expand) and a jewelry store-like ring room displaying all of the Ducks’ bowl and championship rings.
Eat your heart out, Whole Foods. Also, “Eat Your Enemies ... And The Other Food Groups” replaces “Sweat is Your Fat Crying” as our favorite motivational sign in a football facility.
One of former head coach Chip Kelly’s bright ideas (among many) was to have the benches face out to promote teammate interactions — something Kelly picked up from his days as a hockey player. In addition, displaying the players’ lockers via the back of their jerseys is a nice touch.
For those players who need that certain ‘do to perform at their best.
Coaches’ Locker Room
The mirrors in this room have televisions embedded in them. And yes, that’s a hydrotherapy pool for the coaches to use after a grinding day of barking at players.
This makes the White House press room look like a Motel 6. In addition to theater-style seating for press conferences and postgame interviews, there are also four “confessional” booths for one-on-one talks.
Team Meeting Room
Whenever the 30-foot projection screen in 170-seat Bob & Jane Sanders Hall is retracted, the entire team will stare out a window that looks upon Autzen Stadium - just in case they need a reminder of what they’re preparing for.
The floor of the weight room is Brazilian hardwood because anything less would be uncivilized.
This sure beats hanging out in a dorm room, doesn’t it?
The 6th floor skybridge has a flock of ducks representing the program’s NFL draftees, with each duck carrying the initials of a former player.
Modeled after the War Room in the White House. Of course it is.
Mark Helfrich’s Office
Comparisons between major college football coaches and CEOs are apt. That being said, we never expected a football coach’s office to look better than that of a big-time CEO. Look at this thing. Directly in front of and above Helfrich’s desk are two TV screens that drop down from the ceiling.
Our most pressing question: Does Oregon plan on making the Football Performance Center available to the general public as a spa/resort during select weeks of the year? Because we would book a vacation there in a heartbeat.