Virginia Tech to open largest indoor practice facility in nation

The Virginia Tech Hokies are putting together a world-class facility for their football team that is expected to be open soon. According to WDBJ7, the Hokies are finalizing an indoor practice facility that will be the largest in the nation.

Virginia Tech’s facility is 92,000 square feet of turf with 100-foot tall ceilings.

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Virginia Tech initially wanted to build the practice facility back in 1998, but the project was put on hold because of additions to Lane Stadium and other buildings on campus.

As it turns out, the wait was well worth it.

“What we thought we wanted in 1998, and what we got in 2015, is the difference between Volkswagen and Cadillac,” said Tom Gabbabrd, Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Affairs.

And before people think the facility will be used solely for the football team, think again.

“We built it wider, so the wide receivers wouldn’t run into the steel beams,” said Gabbard. “But by building it wider, we can use it for soccer, we can use it for lacrosse, and so this building becomes a year-round building for all of our sports to use, as opposed to being just a football building.”

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