The Next Steps
The George Welsh Indoor Practice Facility will provide a much needed lift for current head football coach Mike London and his program. Coach London enters his third season at the helm of the Cavalier football program after an 8-5 season and a Chick-fil-A Bowl appearance against Auburn. He has the program poised to return to a level of consistent success. A tireless recruiter, dynamic motivator and outstanding teacher of the game, Coach London has re-established Virginia Football as a contender in the ACC and a force on the recruiting trail.
The 78,000 square foot indoor practice facility will house a 120-yard field with easy access to the outdoor field next to the McCue Center. During inclement weather, transitioning from the outdoor field to the indoor facility will allow practice to continue without interruption. The opportunity to train during the winter months is critical to the overall development of the football program. Schools such as Georgia Tech, Duke and Auburn have recently opened indoor practice facilities and plans are underway to construct similar facilities at Clemson, Florida State and Virginia Tech.
While a tremendous boost for the football program, all field sports will benefit from the facility as they practice and train year round. Striving for NCAA and ACC championships requires a year round effort and this facility will provide maximum training opportunities for a majority of the student-athletes in the athletics program. By making a commitment to this project, you will be making an investment in the experience of hundreds of student-athletes each year.
Why is the Indoor Practice Facility so important?
Hear what influential leaders have to say about the development of this facility and what it will mean to the University and the athletics program.
"This facility is the No. 1 priority in the athletics department right now and will add to the momentum Mike London has generated in his short tenure here."
"It is one thing to talk about a facility like this which will mean so much to our program. To see it, you get the 'Wow' factor. This is a significant commitment by the athletics department and the University for the football program. For us to be competitive, we need a facility of this nature to allow our student-athletes to train and practice, regardless of the conditions outdoors. I truly appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in getting us to this point and all of the donors and benefactors who will take it from renderings to reality.
"Having the ability to utilize an indoor facility is critical to the continued development of the football program and the other sports that would be able to use it. Without it, we have to alter, shorten or wait out the weather to conduct a proper practice and we are limited in the work we can do in the winter months. A majority of our competitors have or are in the planning stages of constructing an indoor facility. The ability to train, develop and maintain a competitive edge in an important element in attracting talent that would benefit from the Virginia experience on and off the field."
"We're not trying to enter into an arms race. We're going to do what's right for the University of Virginia. But there are some basic things you need to have in place ... We're not trying to build a Taj Mahal. We're trying to do what it takes to be competitive on an annual basis."
"We hope our donors will recognize the impact that this facility will have on our program, and will help us by making an investment in the long-term success of the football program.”