Major changes are coming at LSU this week, starting with a $2.5 million weight-room renovation that will begin in the football operations building.
Construction might cause temporary inconveniences during the summer — the Tigers will move workouts to a 6,300-square-foot makeshift facility — but the new weight room will arguably be the preeminent facility in the SEC. The project is expected to be completed in August.
This $2.5 million facelift is the first part of a two-pronged plan to renovate LSU’s 11-year-old football operations building.
“For a brief time, it’ll be the best of its kind,” said LSU strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt, according to The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger. “Someone will top it soon after we’re done.”
Moffitt might be correct given the current facility arms race sweeping college athletics, but LSU will be the leaders for at least a little while.
The two-story, 5,000-square-foot facility will feature all the bells and whistles to optimize performance. The weights, dumbbells, racks, lifting machines and cardio machines will all be brand new and there will be many more of them. It will include two 10-foot screens that can be synced to an iPad and used for instruction and recruiting. There will be a new ceiling with a five-zone speaker system and a first-of-its-kind rubber floor, made by Mondo, an Italian company, according to Dellenger.