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Indoor Performance Facility nears completion

Construction inside indoor performance facility

The Indoor Performance Facility will include a 100-yard turf field. It is set to open later this fall. [Photo: Courtesy USF Athletics]

By BRIAN SIEGRIST | USF Athletics

USF Athletics’ game-changing, $22 million Indoor Performance Facility has risen on the east end of the Tampa campus and is now an impressive addition to the athletics campus set to open later this fall.

Entirely powered by philanthropy, the facility will serve not only the football program and shut out the unpredictable Florida weather, but will be a training and recruiting enhancement for all of the Bulls’ athletics programs and a major event space for other campus constituents.

Ground was broken last September on the 88,000-square-foot facility, which will house a full 100-yard turf field, and, after several weeks of preparing the site, steel beams began rising into the sky when the calendar turned to 2022. With the framework in place by the end of April, the exterior of the massive building began to take shape in May.

“This is a transformational facility for us,’’ Michael Kelly, USF’s vice president of athletics, says. “As we continue to challenge for conference and national championships, this facility will be a very key element.”

Kelly said $25 million was raised for the training center, the highest total for any fundraising project in USF’s 55-year athletic history, which included a new $3 million football team locker room in the Lee Roy Selmon Center that opened last fall.

The recommended site for a new on-campus football stadium, which is moving forward at a rapid pace, is adjacent to the training facility on the east end of campus and will create a vibrant and cohesive athletics campus that will be the envy of many in college athletics and help USF continue to recruit the best and brightest student-athletes, coaches and staff.

“This is a very exciting time,’’ Kelly says. “There’s a lot going on. But our student-athletes at USF deserve these things and we’re really excited to go into this new era.’’