EUGENE, ORE. – Three weeks ago athletes and staff with the University of Oregon football team moved into their new Football Performance Center.
The No. 3 nationally ranked Ducks open the 2013 season next week at Autzen Stadium, where Oregon has had a sell-out every Saturday for the past 14 years.
The 145,000 square-foot Football Performance Center on the Eugene campus houses training facilities, a players lounge, three stories of offices for coaches and support staff, a state-of-the-art locker room, a two-story weight room, film study theatres and a dining facility for the football team.
No detail was spared in its construction, ranging from Brazilian hardwood floors in the weight room to a dark black glass exterior arranged in what appears to be boxes haphazardly stacked together.
The Jenga-like construction feature, according to the university’s official athletics website GoDucks.com, is to signify a three-dimensional form.
The effort is not only intended to provide the best environment for Duck football, but as a recruiting tool to lure high school prospects to Eugene.
“If I’m a kid being recruited and I come in and see this, I want to be part of this,” UO running backs coach Gary Campbell told Rob Moseley, editor of GoDucks.com. “I think it’s just going to be an awesome recruiting tool. I know it would be to me.”