<
>

Boston College announces plan for indoor football facility

Boston College announced Monday a $200 million plan to upgrade its athletic facilities -- including a proposal to build an indoor football facility.

The plans call for a new recreational facility, playing fields and a field house that would replace the inflatable bubble Boston College currently uses as an indoor facility during the winter.

"This announcement represents a commitment from Boston College to give our students the best facilities possible," coach Steve Addazio said in a statement. "We're excited for an indoor facility that will provide our student-athletes an opportunity to develop throughout the winter."

In a news release announcing the upgrades, athletic director Brad Bates said the university will begin discussions with Boston officials about building the indoor facility, which will be next to Alumni Stadium. The indoor would also be funded through private gifts. The face lift is badly needed, considering Boston College ranks near the bottom in the ACC with its athletics facilities.

The announcement leaves Miami as the only ACC school without a current plan for an indoor facility, though athletic director Blake James has spoken multiple times about his program's desire to build one. North Carolina most recently unveiled its plans for a new indoor as well.

"The athletics field house sets an example of what we can do when our alumni and friends offer their support for our athletics initiatives," Bates said in a statement.