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UM hoping to raise $7 million for new practice field, dining hall and state of the art cold pools with Football Victory Fund

Athletic director Blake James is making a push to raise $7 million for a handful of new projects including an artificial surface lighted practice field, an athletic dining hall and a football recovery zone with four state of the art cold pools.

He's called it the Football Victory Fund.

“We have to invest in our football program with the needed resources to continue building champions. The Football Victory Fund will allow us to provide the necessary resources to win championships," James writes in the project handbook that will be placed in the hand of donors and athletic boosters.

The hand book describes each project as the following:

> The installation of an alternative artificial practice surface will provide a much needed resource for our football program. With this surface, we will install new field lighting that will allow our football program to practice at night, and provide increased flexibility in practice scheduling. Additionally, this field will ease wear on our natural grass fields and will simulate game surfaces in 30% of ACC Stadiums.

> The Student –Athlete Training Table (Dining Hall) will be a newly constructed 3,200 square foot specialized dining facility. This dining facility will be used by our 400+ student-athletes, and will be organized and designed to optimize their dietary needs. Featuring more than 170 seats and modernized U branding, this dining facility will provide proper nutritional supervision and guidance tailored specifically to each student-athlete which will maximize his or her peak performance.

> The construction of the Football Recovery Zone will consist of four Polar Pools capable of holding 14 student-athletes per pool. These state-of-the-art cold pools are necessary for the hot and humid climate of South Florida. They provide a safe, sanitary and efficient alternative to traditional cryotherapy, allowing our student-athletes to effectively cool down and recover after intense workouts and practices.

The Hurricanes recently raised $14.7 million to help fund the brand new Schwartz Center.

The 34,000-square-foot center includes a 10,800-square-foot Dwayne “The Rock’’ Johnson Locker Room and the Jonathan Vilma Players’ Lounge with oversized leather chairs with the “U’’ on every chair back, flat screen TVs in every direction, video games, cellphone charging stations in each locker and a nutrition bar with fruit, power drinks, and other snacks for athletes on the go.

Miami’s modernized training center — which services some 400 athletes — quadrupled in size to 12,000 square feet and now includes a dental chair for emergency mouth injuries, private physician’s examining room, and state-of-the-art rehab center that rivals most NFL facilities.

It also features hydraulic pools and a $70,000 anti-gravity treadmill that allows athletes to run at adjustable body weights to lessen stress on knees.

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Team would have been better off announcing this about three weeks ago.

Terrible timing, just like the timing of those grey uniforms.

what is the difference when it is announced , the point is blake james knows what we need to do, if every cane fan ponied up 20 bucks , about the price of 2 dogs and a coke at sunlife we can get this done, then the big money guys can finish it off, this will all lead to the on campus stadium down the road, cmon people we can really help .

Great news!!!

I'm not an alumni of the U, how can the public donate?

Hey how about a home stadium?.... just sayin []_[]

Let's rebuild the OB one rusty piece of aluminum at a time

There will be no stadium. That has been explained way to many times. Where does Blake get off with "continuing to build champions". Doesn't he at least see the scores after the games. It takes good coaches to produce champions, not buildings. In with good coaches and out come great players. Hire a good coach and the money and fans will come, otherwise forget it

we need a *#$@* stadium

Posted by: Five Titles | November 12, 2013 at 03:38 PM

Fake Five Titles still obsessed with me I see. Or is it that you forgot to change back to your "other" ID when writing that comment. Folks can tell that it wasn't me badmouthing Blake. Get your own ID.

I know a guy named nevin that would be happy to donate he's a class act too. I'll have him get in touch with Donna.

Too bad you don't have Nevin to help you out anymore. What about A Roid? He still has his name on the baseball field. Or Biogenics, they made a ton of dough selling all those PEDs to the UM players, surely they can give back a little.
20 bucks per cane fan? That's about the same as having CANETILIDIE....DH begging at the corner of Bird and 87th ave like a homeless clown.
What do you think we can do Five?

I will contribute $5,000 as soon as you fire Onofrio.

Go Canes!!

is it that impossible to get a on campus stadium?

City of Coral Gables has been steadfast in their opinion that they would never issue the needed permits for the construction of a stadium in their city limits.

WE NEED A CAMPUS OR NEAR CAMPUS STADIUM!!! THIS IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION BUT WE CAN'T AVOID THE OBVIOUS AND ESSENTIAL STEP....GET US A MODERN MID SIZED STADIUM THAT CAN BE EXPANDED UPWARDS IF NEEDED FOR ADDED SEATING. MAKE THE FIELD ULTRA CLOSE TO THE STANDS AND CONSTRUCT IT TO BE VERY VERY LOUD. THE CANE WORLD WOULD BE TURNED ON THE DIME AND WE WOULD BEGIN TO TAKE BACK OUT BRAND RECOGNITION AND HAVE A TRUE HOME AGAIN THAT IS OURS!!! DO IT...IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME.....ERIC

Coral Gables will shoot down EVERY stadium within Gables limits. They cut the BUC back from 10k to 7k seating. They tried to stop Tri-Rail station. I do not know what the situation is but what about Tamiami Stadium? Traz? Otherwise until we get all UM boosters on the Gables city council it will next to impossible.

How about spending some of that money to hire a real Defensive Coordinator, just saying.....

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