A new era of South Carolina football began Monday — at least from a facilities standpoint.
The Gamecocks have started setting up shop in their new $50 million operations building, as detailed in a report from The State. The facility, which covers 110,000 square feet, brings every facet of the program into one facility and means players no longer have to cross a road to reach the practice field.
The layout of Williams-Brice Stadium placed coaches and players on separate ends of the venue, but the new facility will provide “easy access” between them, quarterback Jake Bentley said in the report.
On top of the logistical improvements, coach Will Muschamp believes the facility will improve South Carolina’s standing in the college football landscape.
“At the end of the day, a parent or guardian, they want to come on campus and see, ‘What are you going to do for my son?’ And when they see this facility, it is impressive,” Muschamp said in the report. “They see the investment. They see we are serious. They see we are serious about winning a championship. You can’t just talk about it. You have to be about it. That’s what we’ve done with this facility. It is breathtaking.”
As noted by The State, the Gamecocks’ social media accounts have not provided many pictures or videos of the new facility because the players haven’t seen the finish product yet.