Mock-up designs of new indoor practice facility hung inside Gossett Team House

September 5, 2013

The creation of an indoor practice facility at Maryland may be years away. The athletic department still has to raise the funds necessary for its creation, given that increased revenue from the Big Ten move cannot be used to build it. There’s also the matter of the actual construction, which will take a while. But preliminary designs have already sprung up inside Gossett Team House outside Coach Randy Edsall’s office.

These images were created by Populous, a design firm from Kansas City responsible for Olympic stadiums in London and Sochi, Russia, as well as dozens of college football projects.

The next step, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation, involves taking these renderings to university officials and generating cost estimates through construction companies. Those estimates will then be used to solicit donations. Discussing potential benefactors this early in the process, the individual said, would be “premature.”

Preliminary designs involve consolidating locker rooms from the Varsity Team House — which currently sits between Byrd Stadium and the football practice fields — into one building, which would house space for the lacrosse, track, baseball and soccer teams. That all-encompassing facility would include indoor practice fields and office space, too.

Maryland would need to seek an alternative location for its baseball field, which currently sits atop the land proposed for the indoor facility. Gossett Team House, the football team’s current headquarters, would be re-purposed into expanded facilities for sports medicine and academics, a person with knowledge of the situation said. It also would house the game-day locker room for visiting football teams.

Photos of those photos are below, including center Evan Mulrooney randomly lunging outside the proposed east facade. Sorry for photo-bombing the first one. Reflections, you know?





Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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