Although not many details have been finalized or released yet, UVa’s Department of Athletics announced on Friday that the football program would be getting a brand new football-only facility to replace the aging McCue Center.
At BOV mtgs, Joint Finance & Buildings & Grounds Committees approve fundraising & planning for Football Ops Centerhttps://t.co/929x71Vfco— Virginia Cavaliers (@VirginiaSports) June 9, 2017
Included in the release are details that the department had come to the understanding that UVa had been passed, if not lapped, by fellow ACC schools when it came to facilities. While the recently built indoor practice facility was a good start, dedicated locker rooms, weight rooms, and other facilities were needed to impress recruits.
One only has to look at “Dabo-land” that Clemson built in the last year to understand that Virginia was years behind.
Nobody would argue that Virginia and Clemson should be mentioned in the same breath when it comes to football programs currently, but the Cavaliers have to make a dedication to the football program in order to build and strive to be competitive even within the conference.
The site for this new facility is not set in stone yet, but the release mentions that it will likely be “to the east side of McCue, and north of the George Welsh indoor practice facility overlooking the practice fields.”
The BOV also announced a dedication to the struggling softball program in terms of massive fundraising and planning for an expansion of their facilities as well.