Years ago, the vision of a new day-to-day home for Kentucky football was conceived. The facility would place everything players would need to practice, train, eat, recover, and study under one state-of-the-art roof. That vision has now become reality in the form of the new $45 million Kentucky Football Training Center.
The training facility is located adjacent to both Commonwealth Stadium and Nutter Field House, placing the three areas where nearly all team activities will take place within mere walking distance. Moreover, the training center’s exterior and interior appearance matches that of Commonwealth and its recently completed $126 million renovation, giving the two buildings both a modern look and a uniquely Bluegrass State feel with touches like Kentucky limestone, reclaimed barn wood and illuminated outlines of the state.
The centerpiece of facility is the new team locker room – where the team will dress for both practices and games – with a giant UK logo in the ceiling and screen on the rear wall. The 120 lockers will be personalized with players’ photos, names and numbers and grouped by position. Each locker has an electronic locking system, ventilation, heating and air conditioning. The locker room is surrounded by a barber shop with a wall painted by a local artist and a lounge with video games, Ping-Pong, table shuffleboard and pool. Coaches have their own first-floor locker room outfitted with a steam room and showers. Players will be able to walk into the locker room following practice on the two outdoor fields, but not before passing through the plunge pool. The plunge pool – always kept at 52 degrees – has room for up to 40 players and is essential to the post-practice recovery process.
There are naming opportunities available throughout this facility. If you are interested in supporting this capital project through naming rights please contact the K Fund at (859) 257-6300 or email KFund@uky.edu.