Arizona Wildcats unveil new $16.5 million indoor athletic practice facility

Posted at 9:28 PM, Feb 25, 2019

The University of Arizona unveiled its long-awaited $16.5 million indoor sports facility last weekend.

The Cole and Jeanne Davis Sports Center is a state-of-the-art facility located near Arizona Stadium and McKale Center on UA campus. The facility will allow UA's football team to practice indoors, which will be beneficial when inclement weather strikes, such as in 2016 when the Wildcats were forced to temporarily relocate their practices to the Arizona Cardinals' facility in Tempe. But UA athletic director Dave Heeke said all 21 of UA's NCAA teams will have access to the facility.

Watch the entire ribbon cutting ceremony here.

Per the Arizona Daily Star:

The facility features a 90-yard field with a FieldTurf artificial surface that has ground-up rubber bits providing a cushion. At the north end are bathrooms and a utility room, while the south end features doors that open to two rooms — one for storing football equipment and another for storing tailgating/catering furniture. Also, in what may be most important, it is expected to be climate-controlled, in the mid- or low-70s.

The facility also has "garage-style doors" that allow quick access to an outdoor field, which will allow teams to quickly move practices indoors to outdoors, and vice versa.