Scheduled to be completed by the start of the regular season, the Buccaneers new training facility will be indoors, which we all know is a definite plus for the team, considering the unpredictable Florida weather. The owners of the team, The Glazer family is said to be spending $20 million on the building that will be located on the southwest corner of One Buc Place.
“We want to give our team the best opportunity, with all of the resources possible, to put the best team on the field and it comes from the top, from the Glazer family,” Bucs chief operating officer Brian Ford said. “We want every competitive advantage. Is it needed? No, we won a Super Bowl without it. But is it going to make us better? Absolutely.”
The 100,000 Square foot indoor facility features air conditioning, 3,500 bleacher seats to use during training camp, the latest FieldTurf surface, with their Revolution 360 fiber that has the heaviest infill system to prevent injuries, remote cameras mounted throughout the facility to film practice, 4K high-definition video monitors throughout to provide full coverage, and 20,000-square foot outdoor plaza on the east side of the indoor practice facility with a stacked stone and railing system that backs up to a retention pond, just to name a few.
“And one thing that’s become very apparent, I’ve heard other coaches who coach in the South and the Southeast talk about it, is over the course of a season, the heat does take a toll on your players. It takes the elements out. Also, it can help you manage the heat. It gives you a sterile environment when you bring guys in to work out. It gives you a turf field. It’s something that I’ve pushed for. I thank the Glazer family for making it happen.” said Coach Koetter, about the new facility.