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Wisconsin Badgers: New Indoor Facility on The Way

Luke Fickell coaching at the McClain Center
© Mark Stewart / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / USA TODAY NETWORK

On February 28, the Wisconsin Badgers athletic department received good news, a $285 million project was approved to start in 2025, which includes a brand-new indoor practice facility for football.

we are thrilled with the enthusiasm and investment in our athletic department and specifically our football program. - Athletic Director Chris Mcintosh

Named after Dave McClain, a football coach for the Badgers from 1978 to 1985 before his unexpected passing in 1986, the football team currently practices indoors at the McClain Center. It was originally opened in 1988, at a cost of $9.5 million, and has a 90-yard practice field as part of the 76,000-square-foot main floor. It also includes a 17,000-square-foot weight room primarily used by Badger football players.

Keenu Benton at the McClain Center
© Mark Stewart / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / USA TODAY NETWORK


why the Wisconsin Badgers need a new indoor facility

Why does Wisconsin have to make this investment? Keeping up with the Joneses is a necessary evil in the current world of college football to stay competitive in recruiting. In the spirit of the movie 'Field of Dreams', this is a case you're hoping for “If you build it, they will come."

A ranking of the top 25 facilities by 247Sports had seven different Big Ten teams listed, including surprises such as Maryland and Northwestern, given their performance on the field. 

It will be hard to top Northwestern’s facility aesthetically, as it is perfectly placed right on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago.

More to come as additional details are shared about this exciting project for Badger football and its future!


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