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    With spring ball getting earlier. What are the chances of a indoor practice field within the next 5 years? Or has no talk been in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilovemyschool View Post
    With spring ball getting earlier. What are the chances of a indoor practice field within the next 5 years? Or has no talk been in place.
    Oh there's plenty of talk, just not a lot of $$

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilovemyschool View Post
    With spring ball getting earlier. What are the chances of a indoor practice field within the next 5 years? Or has no talk been in place.
    Everyone knows that we need one, but no one has stepped up to be able to pay for it.
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    There's been no organized campaign/plan/etc for an IPF, so talk of "no one has stepped up to pay for one," is garbage talk. That's the same low effort **** that Sam used to do, because it was easier to wait for one person to pony up cash rather than do the work to get it done.

    There's been no attempt to get one....period.

    A lot of that is attributable to the fact we've had very little stability in the President's office since Dr Keel went to Augusta. It's hard to do any campaign like that without a head guy driving the boat. Mix in the consolidation stuff and we've had a lot more fires that had to be put out. So it's understandable the circumstances surrounding the situation, although it's still frustrating.

    However, soon will be the time we need to see some movement on a facility improvement like this. With a new AD and President that should have a similar vision and direction, we should be able to get it done. And honestly it should be multipurpose and serve all sports if necessary because we are in an area where this kind of weather affects every outdoor sport. It's time to make it happen.


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    So what does a proper one cost these days? I am talking walls and AC and all the good stuff not the half *** one done by our conference mate (USA?) with just a roof. Still around the $5M range? We don't need to compete with the P5 facilities but the top tier of the G5's.

    And while there is no talk isn't it in the Athletics Phase 1, 2, 3 etc? I recall seeing a brochure a few years ago.
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    Is this an instance where we can rely on alumni businesses (lots of construction management majors) to donate the labor as a "gift-in-kind" if the AF is able to raise funds for the materials? Maybe some of those guys have connections that can get some of the materials donated as well as a tax write-off? Just trying to think of ways to decrease the goal number to reach. Obviously GS isn't going to go state of the art with this (although they should because it would be one of the greatest investments in our football program aside from the FOC) but we need to do something serviceable and quickly.

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    I feel like football construction efforts were focused over the past few years as more enhancing the game day stadium experience (Bishop building replacing Lupton, mid deck, FOC) than an IPF. Now that the stadium seems to be more or less set in terms of major renovations, I'd imagine this is the next push.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eaglewraith View Post
    There's been no organized campaign/plan/etc for an IPF, so talk of "no one has stepped up to pay for one," is garbage talk. That's the same low effort **** that Sam used to do, because it was easier to wait for one person to pony up cash rather than do the work to get it done.

    There's been no attempt to get one....period.

    A lot of that is attributable to the fact we've had very little stability in the President's office since Dr Keel went to Augusta. It's hard to do any campaign like that without a head guy driving the boat. Mix in the consolidation stuff and we've had a lot more fires that had to be put out. So it's understandable the circumstances surrounding the situation, although it's still frustrating.

    However, soon will be the time we need to see some movement on a facility improvement like this. With a new AD and President that should have a similar vision and direction, we should be able to get it done. And honestly it should be multipurpose and serve all sports if necessary because we are in an area where this kind of weather affects every outdoor sport. It's time to make it happen.
    We didn't wait for cash to fall in our laps for the FOC, but we still (if I'm understanding right) had to borrow a fair bit of money to build it. We've been trying hard also to find some workable plan for a new arena and haven't come up with anything on that front, either. It does help to be ambitious, but it can only go so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1peatfor7 View Post
    So what does a proper one cost these days? I am talking walls and AC and all the good stuff not the half *** one done by our conference mate (USA?) with just a roof. Still around the $5M range? We don't need to compete with the P5 facilities but the top tier of the G5's.

    And while there is no talk isn't it in the Athletics Phase 1, 2, 3 etc? I recall seeing a brochure a few years ago.
    A proper IPF is probably going to cost $8-10M

    USA and UAB both recently completed open-air IPF's for a little less than $5M

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyBob View Post
    We didn't wait for cash to fall in our laps for the FOC, but we still (if I'm understanding right) had to borrow a fair bit of money to build it. We've been trying hard also to find some workable plan for a new arena and haven't come up with anything on that front, either. It does help to be ambitious, but it can only go so far.
    There was a coordinated campaign to make the FOC happen, pushed by the President.

    There was no waiting around for someone to pony up the FOC.

    Also, I don't want to hear anything about an arena when Gast is getting state money to build theirs.


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