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It's a cold mid-November morning with rain and sleet coming down in Cincinnati. Imagine having a football team competing for another trip to the Bowl Championship Series, the men and women's soccer teams playing in the BIG EAST Conference Tournament, along with the men and women's tracks squads, baseball, and lacrosse teams preparing for their upcoming outdoor seasons which start in just over a month. Where can you find a place large enough and equipped properly to give each team the competitive advantage they need?
Right now that space does not exist at the University of Cincinnati. As the only school in the conference other than USF in Tampa, Fla., without an indoor practice facility, our coaches and student-athletes have to brave the elements throughout the winter to train and prepare to compete in one of the nation's top athletic conferences ... the BIG EAST. The goal of the new Jefferson Avenue Sports Complex is to provide our student-athletes with the resources they need to not only compete, but challenge for conference and national championships.
This state-of-the-art "athletics classroom" will also play a vital role in recruiting as it allows our coaches to continue to recruit the nation's best and brightest for years to come.
The Jefferson Avenue Sports complex will include two fields, one 100 yards in length and the other 50 yards. The fields will provide football, baseball, lacrosse, track and field, and soccer the much needed additional practice space they require, while the 100-yard field will provide the lacrosse team an intimate location with stands, pressbox, and scoreboard to play its games.
The 100-yard field will transform into an indoor practice facility from November to late February thanks to an air-supported structure or "bubble" that will be inflated over the field. When inflated, the structure will give the department of athletics an additional 72,200 square-feet of space for practice. The bubble will maintain an interior ambient temperature between 50-60 degrees in the cold Cincinnati winter.