Announcement: I’m going to start not only linking my college football articles to Crystal Ball Run, but only posting an excerpt here and sending you to Crystal Ball Run to read the rest of it, like Down Goes Brown does with Grantland. CBR actually pays me so they deserve the real article. But back to the story.
Oregon and their sugar daddy, Nike Founder Phil Knight, released the first pictures of their football Death Star and training facility. It is a reasonable 125,000-square feet and only cost $68 million to complete. Over the past few months, high-profile programs like USC and Alabama have opened new football facilities, but those are nothing compared to the Evil Empire-level building at Oregon. It just goes to show that amateur athletics is really about the students and the sculpting of well-rounded young people. I’m sure this facility also came with a note from the university that said, “No pressure.”
Let’s take a quick tour of the new facility through pictures posted on GoDucks:
First, when a visitor or recruit walks into the facility, they will be welcomed by a subtle wall of 64 total 55-inch TV screens that can show the same image or 64 different things.
Next, let’s take a tour of where the players will spend most of their time. Here is the new locker room which looks like a robot storage facility. Oregon does know that white everything combined with football players isn’t a great match, right? I hope they have a cleaning crew on speed dial.