In November of 2010, the Virginia Tech football team moved into its new locker room – a locker room that ranks as one of the best in the nation.
The $18 million building is nearly 42,000 square feet. The locker room, which is on the first floor of the building, is 14,800 square feet and has lockers that are among the biggest in the nation. The lockers, which are 42 inches and made of wood, include a ventilation system to keep football pads and helmets dry, as well as individual safes for players to store valuables. Each locker also has electrical outlets for cell phone chargers and other electrical equipment.
At the entrance to each small hallway of lockers are words that define the Virginia Tech football program. These words include family, loyalty, trust, consistency, dependable, etc.
The locker room also includes showers, a cold tub, a hot tub, a steam room and a sauna that is used extensively to help players recover from injuries and everyday aches and pains. The coaches also have their own locker room, which is adjacent to the large room with the hot and cold tubs, and the steam room and sauna.
The locker room has a definite Virginia Tech feel to it. It features a time clock and a lunch pail as soon as a player walks through the main entrance. These two things signify hard work and that one needs to put in the time to reap the rewards. In the hallway outside the locker, replicas of the program’s bowl rings are on the wall. Tech has been to 25 bowl games in its history.
The second floor of the building is 12,900 square feet and includes a players’ lounge and a study room. The lounge area has multiple 65-inch high definition televisions, pool tables and couches for players to sit and re-hydrate after practice. The study area features 12 study stations, with a computer at each station.
Adjacent to the lounge area is a 2,900 square-foot balcony that overlooks the Steve Johnson Practice Field. Grills on the balcony allow for team cookouts, while also providing an area for recruits to gather on game day.
The building contains a third floor, but that floor was constructed for the wrestling program, which uses it as a wrestling room for practices. The floor also holds the wrestling team’s locker room and coaches’ offices.
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