How the Bucs' indoor practice facility compares to Gators, FSU
Which means Tampa Bay's NFL team is catching up to the state's major college programs.
Florida State built its indoor practice facility in 2013. The Gators opened theirs two years later. Miami broke ground on its facility in May.
Let's compare some of the specifics:
Bucs: $20 million
UF: $17 million
FSU: Almost $15 million
Miami: $34 million
Bucs: 100,000 square feet
UF: 87,000 square feet; 120-yard field
FSU: 92,000 square feet; 120-yard field
Miami: 100,000 square feet; one 80-yard field, one 40-yard field
Bells and whistles
Bucs: Remote cameras mounted throughout, 4K video monitors, outdoor plaza, bleachers for 3,500 fans
UF: Three camera platforms, video work room, roll-up doors for ventilation and access
FSU: 2,000-square foot training room, rehab area, details resemble Bobby Bowden Field
Miami: 13,000 square feet for coaches' office space, team meeting rooms, recruiting suite, will connect to the strength and conditioning center, and "feature interconnectivity" to the athletic center
Because everything in football comes down to wins, did the indoor facilities help the Seminoles and Gators? They've helped in recruiting (which doesn't really apply to the Bucs).
FSU won a national title the year its indoor facility opened, but I'll go out on a limb and say that had more to do with Jameis Winston and his teammates than the indoor facility. Same for Jim McElwain's two SEC East titles since his indoor opened.
There's not a great way to quantify their success, but the best I can come up with is September record. That's when it's hottest, and that's when the hydration probably matters the most.
FSU's four seasons before the indoor facility: 12-5
FSU's four seasons with the indoor facility: 14-1
UF's two seasons before the indoor facility: 5-2
UF's two seasons with the indoor facility: 7-1
What does this mean for the Bucs? We'll begin finding out in September.