When they're not on campus attending class, Oregon football players figure to spend a major chunk of their time at the athletic department's new Football Performance Center, which became operational this week.
The good news for the Ducks, then, is that it looks like a place one might never want to leave. Functional in every way and packed with amenities, the Football Performance Center is drawing rave reviews from the coaches already using it, with players set to report for preseason camp this week.
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GoDucks.com ( All photos courtesy of GoDucks.com) Head coach Mark Helfrich's office opens out over the practice fields, but with the touch of a button shades will darken the room for the sake of film review. The latest addition to the Oregon athletics facilities complex is the Football Performance Center, which was opened for business this week. A hydrotherapy pool is also available in the coaches' locker room. Just off the locker room is a barber shop, which will offer on-site haircuts at student rates. The lobby includes 64 total 55-inch televisions that can be linked to show one integrated image, or 64 individual views. The double doors to each locker swing open and can then slide into the frame to eliminate barriers between lockers, another way to promote camaraderie. The new weight room contains ample space for the team, and on the mezzanine a 40-yard electronic track lane. The lounge for Oregon's players features two banks of four 55-inch TV screens, six gaming stations and hand-woven rugs. Just inside the player lounge's outdoor deck are a pool table crafted in Portland and two foosball tables, each with one 11-player team in green and yellow and the other representing the rest of the Pac-12. The sixth-floor skybridge features a flock of ducks representing Oregon's NFL draftees, identified by their initials on each individual duck. Bob & Jane Sanders Hall features a 30-foot projection screen that, when retracted, overlooks Autzen Stadium. Mirrors in the coaches' locker room have televisions imbedded in them. A row of miniature 'maquettes' illustrates Oregon's uniforms over the years. The Football Performance Center seen at dusk. Many of the high-profile trophies won by Oregon are housed in the lobby's trophy case. Others are featured elsewhere in the building. The lobby's ring room is not to be missed, with LED lighting and 3D sound enhancing the presentation of Oregon's bowl and championship rings. The kitchen area aims to provide the 'best training table in America,' and reminds players to 'Eat Your Enemies ... and the other food groups.'Players are situated in the locker room with the rest of their summer squad members, and benches face out to promote teammate interactions, which Chip Kelly suggested from his hockey playing days. Players are situated in the locker room with the rest of their summer squad members, and benches face out to promote teammate interactions, which Chip Kelly suggested from his hockey playing days. A position meeting room, in this case for wide receivers, features a 120-inch projection screen for reviewing film. A two-story theater for the full team and more, 170 in all, is housed in Bob & Jane Sanders Hall. The War Room sits 22 around a grand table, has six 80-inch monitors and, like much of the rest of the facility, black magnetic walls that are also writable/erasable. A mural decorates the wall at the end of the weight room.