U of M Football Gets $15M Indoor Practice Facility



The University of Memphis football team is getting a $15 million indoor practice facility to be built at the school's Park Avenue Campus.

A building permit was pulled for the project Wednesday. The permit offers little information but it notes that Fleming Architects will be the engineer on the project. Grinder, Tabor & Grinder will build the facility.

U of M president Brad Martin announced a $40 million capital campaign in 2012 for athletic facilities on the Park Avenue Campus, which is sometimes called the South Campus.   

That campaign called the for the construction of the indoor football facility, and a new men's basketball practice and training facility, a softball clubhouse with indoor batting areas. The fund will be used for upgrades and renovations to existing facilities, like FedExPark, and the Hardin Family Sports Complex. The upgrades will include improvements in common-use facilities for each of the Tigers' 18 athletics programs.

U of M alumni Bill and Nancy Laurie made a $10 million gift to the campaign in December 2013. At the time, the gift pushed the university to 25 percent of the overall goal of raising $40 million.

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