Doors open at $61 million WSU football building



Posted on June 3, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 3 at 9:05 PM

PULLMAN, Wash.— The doors opened to the new $61-million football operation building on Tuesday at Washington State University.

KREM Jen toured the building for the first time. Watch KREM 2 News at 5:00 to get a look inside the 84,192 square foot building. (For full disclosure, KREM Jen is the biggest WSU fan around.)

The football building, which was finished on May 30, sits between Rogers Field and Martin Stadium.

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Director of Athletics Bill Moos said he toured football operation buildings at Oklahoma State, Texas A & M, Texas Tech and LSU with his construction team to get ideas.

“It’s the best of its kind,” said Moos during a tour with the media.

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The new lockers in the building come with vents and phone chargers. Linebacker Darryl Monroe said he saw ACC and SEC schools during his recruitment and none compared to the new WSU building.

Construction began in November 2012. Here is a look at how the old football training space compares to the new building.

    Training room
        New- 6,528 sq. feet
        Old- 2,091 sq. feet

    Coaches offices
        New-7,919 sq. feet
        Old- 3,825 sq. feet

    Meeting rooms
        New- 8,574 sq. feet    
        Old- 5,649 sq. feet

    Weight room
        New- 11,153 sq. feet
        Old- 5,726 sq. feet

    Locker room
        New- 11,610 sq. feet
        Old- 5,726 sq. feet

    Equipment operations
        New- 4,115 sq. feet
        Old- 3,839 sq. feet

The project is funded with a combination of money saved in part of the remodel of Martin Stadium plus a $46-million bond.

Payments for the bond are covered entirely with funds from WSU’s involvement with the Pac-12, specifically with the media contract with the Pac-12 television network.