Construction of Florida’s new stand-alone football facility isn’t scheduled to get underway until possibly next July, but it already has a name — the James W. “Bill” Heavener Football Training Center, after the longtime UF supporter who has made a generous gift toward the $85 million project.
“It’s an important investment for our present and also our future,” UF athletic director Scott Stricklin said. “To have a guy like Bill be associated with it, you are talking about one of our more devoted and generous fans, but also one of the most positive. Part of the reason he is a great leader and a great success is that he is always looking for the good in things and people and programs.”
The gift to the Football Training Center follows his commitments to the Heavener School of Business, Heavener Hall, the Heavener Football Complex, support of the Athletic Department’s video division (GatorVision) and a scholarship endowment for the athletics department.
“We’ve got a great coach in Coach Mullen and in order to be competitive, we need a great facility like some of the other schools in the SEC,” Heavener said. “We’re certain that with the right resources, Coach will bring us another national championship. I’m excited to be a part of that.”
The estimated start of construction for the 140,000-square foot football facility is next July, with a completion goal of December 2021.
More on UF’s master plan can be found here.