“We’re ready to move in”: Dan Mullen excited as final beam placed at new University of Football training facility

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 7:07 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - The final structural piece was put in place at the new Heavener Training Facility on Monday and Univerisity of Florida athletic staff are excited about what this will mean for the future.

The topping-off ceremony to the $85-million complex took place around noon on Monday. The event began after a lunch provided to the hundreds of workers who have been building the facility. UF Atheltic Director Scott Stricklin and Gators Head Football coach Dan Mullen spoke to the workers during the event.

“Florida brings such a unique feel of all the sports expecting to win championships and the ability for this to be a football facility as well as an all-sports facility in a different section of it in the front of the facility, where all the student-athletes can interact and grow and learn from each other,” said Mullen.

Members of the build team, Univerity Athletic Association and others in attendance signed the final curved beam that is at the front of the archway at the entrance of the facility.

Stricklin spoke about the previous plans to build the facility elsewhere on campus.

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“I’ll never forget We were struggling with trying to use a really tight footprint there and I’ll never forget the day that chip walked in and said you know if we would build a new ballpark in a different location the baseball field would be a perfect place for the football building looked at him like he had three heads because I felt like we were pretty far down the road on this other idea,” said Stricklin.

The excitement was fully summed up by Mullen’s words to the workers.

We need to get back to work here soon like I normally am. Let’s get back to work, let’s get going. We’re ready to move in, we have all the recruits ready to come move in and all the players can’t wait to get in here. No I thank you for everything that you’ve done, I thank everybody,” said Mullen.

There will not be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility until 2022.

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