Christmas came early for the Clemson football team on Thursday.
After months of 'making do' during a construction project that took away one of their practice fields, the Tigers moved into their new indoor facility for first time and worked their way through a productive practice session.
"It was like home to me - it was very warm in there," said south Floridian Sammy Watkins. "This is a real accomplishment for the while Clemson program."
Watkins was particularly impressed with the new artificial turf. As the season has progressed, Clemson's grass practice fields have deteriorated significantly from overuse.
Dabo Swinney said about a month again that "our fields are in terrible shape" despite the best effort of Clemson's grounds crew.
Dalton Freeman said the new building is something special for the program.
"I've seen 20 or 30 different places, and this is the best I've ever seen," said Freeman. "This is something we've been looking forward to for a long time.
"The best thing is that we'll never miss another day of work. No matter the weather, we'll be able to get in there and get our work done."