Air Force's New Indoor Practice Facility To Open In July

Air Force is shelling out the money for a new 94,000-square-foot indoor practice facility.

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Air Force Football's Indoor Practice Facility To Be Ready During Summer

In August 2010, the Air Force Academy announced that it would begin construction on an indoor practice facility, becoming the next-to-last team in the Mountain West Conference and the final service academy to have one. Frank Schwab of the Colorado Springs Gazette reports on the progress of the facility:

With summer still a few weeks away, the building has quickly sprouted up next to the Cadet Field House. There are still some glass and polycarbonate sections to be put in place, and the field needs to be laid down, which is the most time-consuming part of the project that remains. But construction is going as well as could be expected.

The facility will open on July 22, just a few weeks before fall training camp begins. The building will be called the Holaday Athletic Center, Bart and Lynn Holaday having donated $5 million to help the construction stay on schedule. But Lynn Holaday, as Schwab reports, will not be able to see the opening ceremony as she died of Lou Gehrig's Disease in October.

With the Falcons considered a "dark horse" candidate for the Mountain West title in 2011, a strong season and the new training facility should be able to help Air Force improve its recruitment.

For more on Air Force, visit the Mountain West Connection.


Air Force Announces The Building Of A New Indoor Practice Facility

An indoor practice facility is finally making its way to the Air Force Academy, and the hope is to have better practices when the weather gets bad. The current indoor practice area is too small to fit the entire team to practice at one time. Plus, the school will benefit from recruiting with a shiny new facility: 

Air Force is the only service academy and one of two teams in the Mountain West without an indoor practice center. That will change in the next year after Air Force gets the congressional notification it needs to start building a privately funded indoor training facility.

The notification is basically a formality, and once it's in hand, groundbreaking can begin. The $16 million facility, which will have about a 94,000-square-foot interior, according to the academy, will take about six to eight months to complete.

This space will allow for full-team practices during the winter months when there is too much snow on the ground and, more importantly, it will allow the Falcons to keep pace with the other Mountain West schools that have indoor practice facilities.

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