USC announces plans for new $70 million athletic facility

A Trojans' recruiting disadvantage will soon be gone.

What rival colleges had long used to recruit against USC -- the team's obvious lack of an up-to-date athletic facility -- is no longer available, as the Trojans will start construction on a new facility directly behind Heritage Hall in January 2011, with the hope of completion by July 2012.

First-year USC athletic director Pat Haden announced the plans this morning, just hours before the Trojans take on the No. 2 Ducks in the biggest game in the Coliseum this season.

Details for the facility include an apparent total of 110,000-square feet, an improvement on 70,000-square foot Heritage Hall. The new weight room itself will be almost as big as the current facility; the planned athletic training room is more than five times as big as the current 2,700-square foot one. The buiding, which will house all 21 USC sports, also include a direct passageway to the football practice field.

“This facility has been in the formative stages for a while now, and I am excited that we are ready to move forward," Haden said in a statement. "While Heritage Hall will always be the central point of our athletic department, the reality is that we have outgrown Heritage Hall and we are badly undersized and overcrowded in there."

Read the full release from the school here, with renderings from the design here.