Nebraska on Friday afternoon outlined the future of Husker athletics publicly for the first time in a news conference replete with a flyby video of a massive new training facility, dubbed the North Stadium expansion, and a literal flyover from a pair of fighter jets.
The project is going to take years to complete, will impact every sport on campus — most notably football — and will cost hundreds of millions of dollars.
The planning and design are still in relatively early stages, as are the fundraising efforts, but here’s a look at what we know — and what we don’t:
What are the key numbers?
Nebraska plans a new football training and operations complex that will house a dining area and study space for all student-athletes.
The three-story complex is expected to check in at more than 350,000 square feet and comes with a $155 million price tag.
Where is it located?
The facility’s footprint is where Ed Weir Track sits. It will connect to both the Hawks indoor practice facility and North Stadium and will open to the East Stadium Plaza.
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How is it being funded?
The Athletic Department so far has raised $35 million to $40 million out of a planned $100 million effort. The remaining $55 million will be a combination of university/Athletic Department trust funds and bond financing, said UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green.
What is the timeline for the project?
Nebraska will break ground in late next spring, after the outdoor track season is completed. The goal is to move into the facility in 2022, before the football season begins.
Is the facility for football only?
No. The football weight room, locker room and offices will all move to the new facility, but it will house nutrition and academic areas for all 600-plus student-athletes at NU.
Where is the track team moving?
NU is building a new track and field complex at Innovation Campus, north of the Devaney Sports Center, where the track offices are located. Athletic director Bill Moos said the track will cost $12 million to $15 million, which is not included in the $155 million North Stadium Expansion budget.
What is happening to current facilities in North Stadium and West Stadium?
Moos said the current football offices on the second floor of North Stadium may be used to centralize athletic department external operations — media relations, HuskerVision, ticketing, marketing, etc. — on one floor. West Stadium’s training table will turn into a culinary kitchen for the stadium itself, and current academic and life-skills areas on the ground floor in West Stadium will become additional club space, Green said.
NU football’s current weight room in North Stadium could become an athletic department museum.
Will this thing have bells and whistles?
Oh, yes. But many of those details aren’t hammered out yet. Moos and associate athletic director Matt Davison, though, said that “efficiency” for student-athletes will be the driving force, rather than what’s flashy.
Will the football team continue to use the Hawks indoor facility?
Yes. The new building will basically connect Hawks and North Stadium — the initial renderings show an indoor-outdoor weight room occupying most of the space between the buildings. But the indoor practice facility will remain in use.
Does this project include updates to South Stadium?
No, it does not. It will include, though, improvements to the North Stadium seating areas. Moos said the goal is to allow for fans to more easily get to and from their seats in North Stadium. South Stadium improvements will be another, future project.
Video, photos: Planned football training facility