- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Count Wake Forest as the latest ACC school to build an indoor practice facility.
The school announced its plans Tuesday, with construction slated to begin in August. The $21 million facility will feature a 120-yard artificial turf field with roll-up doors that will open onto the existing football practice fields. The facility is expected to be finished by the end of 2015.
First-year coach Dave Clawson has to be a very happy man with the news.
Wake Forest, eager to restore the success its football program had in the early years under Jim Grobe, has now officially joined the college football arms race.
Former Wake Forest football player Bob McCreary, whom the facility will be named after, donated $7.5 million for the project.
"The groundbreaking announcement is great news for Wake Forest football,” Clawson said in a statement. “It is a significant investment and shows the high commitment level that the University has to our program. The McCreary Indoor Center will be a game changer for our current student-athletes and future Deacons. It will give our players the ability to improve and work on their skills the entire year. The facility will also give us a great boost in our recruiting efforts to attract the best possible student-athletes to Wake Forest University. We appreciate the efforts of everyone involved who made this project possible.”
Wake Forest is just the latest ACC team to go forward with an indoor facility. Syracuse hopes to finish its new indoor facility in December, while Virginia Tech hopes its new indoor facility will be done by August 2015.
NC State also has started construction on an indoor facility, with completion targeted for March 2015. Virginia, Clemson and Florida State all opened new indoor practice facilities within the last few years.
That essentially leaves Miami as the only school in the ACC without a place to practice indoors. Boston College does not have a permanent indoor facility. Instead, it uses a practice bubble when temperatures start dipping.
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