Temperatures below freezing and a wintry mix falling, there may not have been a better demonstration for Dabo Swinney’s shiny new recruiting tool.
Clemson's 80,000 square-foot, football indoor-practice facility was dedicated Friday afternoon, about 10 months after breaking ground on Jervey Meadows.
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“It’s just fitting to have it on a day like this,” Swinney said. “If you had a day like this in bowl practice, you’d have to go inside. This facility represents what we want our standard to be at Clemson, and that’s (the) best.”
Down the stretch in the 2013 recruiting process, the massive multi-purpose structure is everything a BCS-level coach could ask for.
“(With) young people…it’s all about what they see, what they smell – what they hear,” Swinney said. “That ‘wow’ factor is a big part of it. When you walk into this facility, you go ‘Wow.’”
It was all but completed when Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich came on board, but the facility’s utility isn’t lost on him.
“To be able to continue to progress and make sure the team is ready for that weekend’s activity – it’s not something you can put a price tag on or measure it,” Radakovich said. “You know it’s better when you have a chance to practice than when you can’t.”
When pressed on the actual price tag, he said he hadn’t delved into the details, but rather, is already looking ahead to the next round of athletic projects.
“We have to make sure we are keeping up with our competition,” Radakovich said. “As wonderful as this facility is, we have to make sure some of the other projects we have are taking care of some of the other very important sports within our program.”
Going into a fifth year as head coach, Swinney says he has a “game-changer” that sets Clemson up for the foreseeable future.
“I don’t have any doubt that this place is going to house a lot of great teams for many, many years to come,” said Swinney.