The new FIU football palace and weight training center for all FIU athletes is set to open next month in July. The showpiece of the fieldhouse is the 14,000 square-foot gym. The FH also has 8,500 square-foot locker rooms, equipment room, injury rehab center, coaches offices, FIU merchandise store, FIU Athletics Hall of Fame, team meeting auditorium and 6 team meetings room that go out onto the patio deck overlooking the FIU Stadium field from the west end zone. The rooms overlooking the field will be used for recruits and donors on game days.
Currently, I'm with Miami's professional football team this weekend in Davie as the Dolphins go through their final mini-camp before the real training camp begins in late July.
Will be back with coverage of Miami's college football team in the next post as we'll continue your FIU Panthers coach Mario Cristobal's Q&A.
And we'll also take you on a field trip next week to the new FIU football headquarters and get some pics on here for you. By the way the fieldhouse will not have the aqua and red colors you see in the drawing above. The fieldhouse will be the same blue and off-white/tan color as FIU Stadium.
Congratulations to Tyler Townsend for his second All-American honor today as Baseball America named the newest Oriole to their All-American team. Tyler was named to the Louisville Slugger All-American team last week.
And congrats to outfielder Greg Waddell (Mariners) and second baseman Ryan Mollica (Mets) for getting selected in the MLB Draft. The Panthers could use Waddell's bat for another season. Best of luck to Mollica -- a senior and one of the classiest baseball players ever to don an FIU uniform.
And a tip of the cap to FIU President Mitch Maidique as the FIU Board of Trustees voted today to re-name the University Park campus after President Maidique.
The writers that cover the Sun Belt Conference teams voted on the conference's All-Freshman team and several of your Panthers made the squad: pitcher R.J. Fondon, 1st baseman Mike Martinez, infielders Raiko Alfonso and Garrett Wittels and outfielder Pablo Bermudez. On the honorable mention list was utility player Michael Vargas. FIU had the most players on this year's All-Sun Belt first team, and FIU had the most players on the Sun Belt's All-Freshman team....Turtle Power!