College football’s 25 most lavish facilities in 2023, ranked: Oregon, Texas A&M, Alabama highlight list
What do the most talented college football teams as they prepare for the 2023 season have in common? Each one is featured in our updated Spring Institution Rankings, along with other programs that have improved significantly in recent years to give student-athletes the best opportunity to succeed while enjoying their time on campus. Continuing our annual tradition here at 247Sports, we’ve narrowed down the best college football venues to the top 25 in the nation ahead of the 2023 season.
The arms race in college football has slowed down a bit in the era of names and likenesses as more donor and support funds are channeled in this direction, but football venues remain a necessity and there has been an increase in closed training facilities lately. five years prove that programs continue to focus on learning in locations that mirror four-star hotels.
Several programs are planning massive renovations in the coming years. including a $200 million Texas Tech upgrade — which will completely overhaul the current Red Raider excavations — along with Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Florida, and Texas, among others. The Longhorns already have one of the best sports facilities in the country, but they plan to build a new indoor soccer training facility and move from turf to natural turf at Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium.
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Our ranking is determined by industry opinions, what players have told us, and a few personal visits to many of the most enjoyable digs.
The Manning Center, the football complex on the Ole Miss campus, has plans for renovation and additions. @OleMissSports | @OleMissFB
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— Brad Logan (@BradLoganCOTE) August 7, 2021
25. Ole Miss Rebels
24. Missouri Tigers
23. Washington Husky
Estimated completion in summer 2023, Manning Center in be miss will be Power Five’s newest facility by the fall, as well as a game-changer for the Rebels. The refurbishment of Vought Hemingway Stadium has been delayed, but this season the athletes will have new locker rooms, an expanded gym and the coaching staff will move to new offices.
Mizzu was a newcomer to this year’s rankings and recently came out on top $33 million indoor training facility. The Tigers are currently the only school in the SEC that doesn’t have one. The main reason Missouri ranks among the top 25 in the nation in terms of amenities is because $99 million south end zone overhaul at Faurot field. which debuted in the 2019 season and is one of the best in the conference. The players we spoke to cited this place as one of the most underrated in the SEC.
New dressing room for @UW_Football #Purple Kingdom X #uniswag pic.twitter.com/MvYGAAiJwg
— UNISWAG (@UNISWAG) August 2, 2017
The greatest arms race deal in recent years? Washington thrifty $1 Million Locker Room Upgrade at Husky Stadium until the 2017 season, it was stunning, lit up with 1.1 miles of purple LEDs. One of the former players of “Washington” said that it looks like a spaceship. Husky Stadium in Washington DC underwent a massive $280 million renovation in 2013, including new locker rooms, gyms and a practice center, and the upgrades are still timeless.
We showed you the pieces. Now we want to show you the big picture.
Take a walk around the Kenan Football Center to see the renovations that have been completed this spring.#CarolinaFootball ?? #Be the only one pic.twitter.com/HtaXnDq6Rl
— Carolina Football (@UNCFootball) April 20, 2020
22. Illinois Fighting Illini
21. North Carolina Resin heels
20. Kentucky Wildcats
Illinois is in the top 25 with one of the best Big Ten football venues after an amazing update until season 2020. The Henry Dale and Betty Smith Football Center opened in August 2019, and the $79.2 million, 107,650-square-foot facility includes expanded strength and training facilities, coaches’ offices, huddle rooms, player development areas, and locker rooms. Of course, you can argue that the conditions are better than those that Bret Bilemah worked with earlier at the Wisconsin conference.
Designed to upgrade Kenan Stadium and North Carolina in the era of Mac Brown Over the past few years, Tar Heels has poured millions of dollars into becoming an ACC championship contender with improved facilities including an indoor driving range and a new locker room, among other additions. Before the 2020 season, the Tar Heels introduced an updated dig and players loved it.
See what the Bluegrass get from investing extra money in football? Kentucky might be considered a basketball school, but the Wildcats’ $45 million 2016 100,000-square-foot upgrade proves that the administration has faith in Mark Stoops and his steps into the future. It paid off in 2018 when the Wildcats won nine games and earned a place in the New Year’s bowl. Each player’s locker is ventilated and includes a mobile phone charger, lockable drawer and cup holders. With a steep price tag of $120 million, the revamped Kroger Field saw its first fans in 2017 and reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.
Priority of student-athlete experience.
Revealing approved plans to modernize and expand Anderson’s current $30 million, 145,000-square-foot practice facility that is home to Tennessee football.
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) November 11, 2021
19. Tennessee Volunteers
18. Oklahoma State Cowboys
The Anderson Learning Center in Knoxville is an incredibly beautiful 145,000-square-foot facility, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come. Tennessee. Author: GoVols247new dressing rooms this is only a fraction of the cost of the $30 million renovation. approaching an already impressive space. Just check visualization for what’s next.
The late Boone Pickens donated over $650 million to charity. Oklahoma over the years, and roughly half of that total is for athletics, according to reports. So it’s no surprise that the stadium that bears his name and the Oklahoma State football fields are among the best in the country. When the Cowboys accept recruits, they are also able to offer more unique uniform combinations than most Power Five programs.
17. Notre Dame fighting the Irish
16 Michigan Wolverines
15. Maryland Terrapins
Notre Dame The simplistic look ahead of the 2017 season has been dazzlingly redesigned with a new dressing room for the players. However, the Irishman abandoned tradition and still walked down the steps to touch the iconic “Play like a champion today” message before heading onto the pitch. In July 2019, the new 111,400-square-foot Irish Indoor Athletics Center at Notre Dame opened to serve as an indoor training facility for the soccer and men’s and women’s soccer programs.
Hello jumper. Michigan The new $168 million, 280,000-square-foot South Campus Performance Center is nothing short of spectacular and was 100% privately funded. Features for several different varsity sports include three therapeutic pools, two water ‘booth’ treadmills, and anti-gravity treadmills for rehabilitation, conditioning and training. The $21 million new gym in Michigan is a stunning 32,000 square feet and includes a basketball court with a trellis.
Maryland in the top 15, ahead of several blue bloods, thanks to the Jones Hill House, which officially opened in the summer of 2021. The nearly $150 million Maryland football facility sits on the site of Maryland’s former Cole Field House basketball arena and houses the football center. , football operations, including coaching offices, team meeting areas, changing rooms and canteens, and indoor and outdoor football practice fields.
The University of Florida has officially opened its new $85 million Heavener football practice facility.pic.twitter.com/Z1zQaE4bIv
— Front Office Sport (@FOS) August 15, 2022
14. Oklahoma Sooners
13. Florida Gators
12. Arkansas Razorbacks
The revitalized Barry Switzer Center in Oklahoma is one of the most futuristic venues in the country, with an atmosphere that rivals college football’s most beautiful digs. There is the Red Room, a meeting room with Boomer and Suner decorating the walls, the Heisman corridor, and a diner with unlimited possibilities. The Sooners recovery pool even has decorative lighting. Oklahoma also introduced an upgraded video card. recently and the north plank, at 2,356 square feet (38 feet high and 62 feet), is more than three times the size of its previous appearance. According to Joe Castiglione, OU Vice President and Director of Athletics, Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium’s 2019 upgrades included expanded Wi-Fi access and improved accessibility, providing the stadium with a “top-notch technology experience.”
This is a house. #UDNA
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— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) August 13, 2017