Tigers indoor practice facility ready to go

Tigers indoor practice facility ready to go
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The University of Memphis is celebrating an opening Wednesday of a facility that was a long time in the making.    

It was ribbon cutting day for the long-awaited Memphis Tigers Football indoor practice facility.   It’s taken almost a decade to come to fruition. Getting approval from the state, funding delays, and bureaucratic mish-mash had made the project seem like a pipe dream.  

The dream was born in the midst of a 2-10 season in 2009 when the Tigers lacked the facilities of its nearby SEC rivals to compete. Memphis is now coming off a 12-2 season with a berth in the Cotton Bowl.  

Head coach Ryan Silverfield said, “I don’t know much other to say than, wow! It’s just jaw dropping... I just really can’t wait to get our guys out here runing around. I know they’ll be excited.”

Senior linebacker J.J. Russell added, “I’m fired up! My freshman year I saw the video of this plan. Ever since then, the whole team has been working hard to get this. I thank all the former players before me for all their hard work too.”

The 78,000 square foot facility and surrounding improvements cost $11.2 million.

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