Why renovated facility will be big deal for LSU football
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Question of the Day: Tuesday, March 6
Boring news usually flies under the radar, so you might not have blinked last week when LSU released renderings of what its football operations facility will look like next year after a thorough renovation process is completed.
But dry news does not make unimportant news, to answer a question that has been raised.
Does LSU really need to be spending money on an updated football facility when they just built one in 2005?
It’s a worthwhile question in the context of LSU’s campus, where a building erected in 2005 certainly is at the cutting edge compared to most of its aging peers. It’s also worth noting that no state money is being used to pay for this — it’s all from Tiger Athletic Foundation donors.
All that said, LSU is behind the Joneses in regard to many of its facilities. And not just in the SEC, either. Clemson’s ballyhooed player facility, which comes complete with a slide, certainly hasn’t hurt those Tigers in their rise to becoming one of the nation’s premier programs.
Perhaps the most important touch to LSU’s renovated facility will be the addition of a nutrition center. There currently is no uniform dining area for the team. The simple act of eating together is valuable for team chemistry. It also makes it easier to make sure players aren’t eating unhealthy food. One merely needs to pop in the tape from the first half of Arden Key’s 2017 season to see the value in that.
With 25,000 square feet added to the facility, there will be enough room for additional support staff. One of Alabama’s great advantages has been its surplus of support staff, and it helps that the Crimson Tide have enough room for all of them. Alabama’s facility also was built in 2005, but has since undergone two renovations.
The timing of LSU’s improved football facility could prove to be fortuitous. The Class of 2019 is one of the richest in years, and LSU’s signing class will have the opportunity to break in the new digs next summer.
In order to catch up to Alabama on the field, LSU has to catch up to the Crimson Tide off the field. There are a lot of steps involved in that process, but the belief is that updated facilities will play a large role in bridging the gap.
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