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The facilities arms race in college sports never ends, and today’s announcement from the University of South Florida showed that hometown Tampa will be at the forefront of it all. USF Vice President for Athletics Michael Kelly unveiled his plans for expanding and improving the USF Athletics District.
Some of the projects are already underway, others have yet to begin, and through it all, the message is clear: USF is investing in its sports programs. Chief among these, of course, is the long-awaited on-campus soccer stadium, which will anchor the athletics district alongside the indoor practice facility and outdoor soccer practice fields.
“We believe USF Athletics can grow significantly and achieve great things in the years to come and have an aggressive vision to get there,” Kelly said. “The university is very supportive of this vision and understands the place of athletics as a key driver for one of the fastest growing universities in the country. We will need the support of our fans, partners, community and generous donors to make this happen, but I believe we have the passion and drive to achieve great things.
Among the new facilities listed in the plan are an on-campus football and lacrosse stadium that will open by the 2026 season, a baseball and softball club, a tennis court, a complete overhaul of the golf and USF Track & Field Stadium additions of a new press box and video board at the athletics stadium. USF also recently announced the launch of a beach volleyball program, which will include the construction of a new facility next to the Yuengling Center.
The entire facility master plan can be viewed onlinewhich includes recent upgrades already completed, as well as several more in progress, including a $22 million indoor performance facility slated to open this fall and the recently completed football locker room.
In total, each of USF’s 19 men’s and women’s varsity teams will be impacted by the master plan, as well as the two new programs that have yet to debut – women’s lacrosse and women’s beach volleyball. Nearly 450 student-athletes train and compete in the athletic district at the east end of campus, leading the way as the Bulls have won 26 American Athletic Conference team titles since joining the conference in 2013.
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