Thursday, July 31, 2014
FSU shows off renovated facilities
By Jared Shanker
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Jimbo Fisher's voice heightened and fists pounded the table at the ACC Kickoff last week when discussing the significance of the Florida State Seminoles' facility upgrades.
Those upgrades are expected to be completed this weekend, and the athletic department showcased the renovations Wednesday following a joint announcement by university and Seminole Boosters, Inc., that Florida State is in the midst of an eight-year, $250 million fundraising campaign.
"We're demanding so much today of our athletes ... that there has to a commitment on the Florida State side. The culture has changed," Fisher said Wednesday.
Athletic departments across the country annually are upgrading facilities with help from school donors, and Florida State is just the latest in the ongoing arms race across college football. Mark Robinson, Seminoles director of football operations, said few programs can match what Florida State is doing, and he said he has not seen any other program build a locker room that can mirror the Seminoles'.
"We can't be complacent," Fisher said. "We have to be ahead of everybody, let people follow us.
"... We plan on being on top for a while."
Here's a panorama view of the locker room. The lockers themselves have iPads that the staff can personalize for each player with messages, game film, etc.
The players whose numbers are retired at Florida State will have permanent statues in the locker room, and their numbers will always remain lit.
This is the panoramic view of Doak Campbell Stadium from Fisher's office.
One of the aspects of the upgrades is a "College GameDay" set in the offices, and each week Florida State's and the opposing team's helmet will sit on the set.
Bobby Bowden, who won two national titles at Florida State, has his own wall.
In the football suite is a picture of Kelvin Benjamin's catch to win Florida State's recent national championship and a wall saluting Jameis Winston and the three Heisman trophies Florida State owns.
Now, which team will be the first to try and top this in 2015?