I thought our facilities were sweet, but Phil Knight one up'd us.
I thought our facilities were sweet, but Phil Knight one up'd us.
probably the coolest facilities i have ever viewed...but O's still small, so we got that going for us
Holy shit. How is that possible? Our CEO's need to step up and get missile defense systems in the home end zone or something. That looks like an evil scientist's penthouse from every James Bond movie.
the article is from a few years ago, but Phil Knight pays for everything there (unfortunately its written by Rosenberg): http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/michael_rosenberg/01/06/oregon.knight/index.html
All i know is that program is screwed when he passes.
Damnit I knew I should have been born a highly gifted athlete. That place is amazing.
I too turned down being a gifted athlete at birth. Damn.
I don't suppose that design/style would be for everyone, but it works for me. Pretty sweet.
Thats why they'll never beat the SEC
They've got it covered. Tiny, but covered.
Am I the only one? If I were on a visit as a recruit I'd think this is ridiculous and just too much.
I'm sure most teenagers would disagree. Probably the only thing on their minds walking through is "holy shit, this is awesome."
I am not a teenager and that was my thought... all the natural light and floor to ceiling windows in many of the rooms makes me want to hang out there all day.
Are you thinking with the mindset of a 16 yr old , many of which have grown up in poverty or "poor" or "middle class" and are not exposed to many sparkly things? Or a man 5, 10, 20, 30 years into manhood who has a decent lifestyle and such?
But you have to keep in mind, at this point everyone has nice facilities. It's only a matter of degree of niceness. It's not like Oregon's recruiting rivals train in places like the IM Building.
Well I'm only 3-4 years older than the kids being recruited. I can definitely see why people would be blown away, but I guess I'd be looking for facilities that make me say "wow this is pretty awesome!" instead of "ZOMG WHAT IS THIS I DON'T EVEN..." if that makes any sense.
Interesting - how did my double-post get sandwiched around another poster's post?
Other than the totally sickkkkk pictures on the lockers and the sweeeeet mural in the weightroom, that might be the best/most aesthetically pleasing athletic facility I've ever seen.
Exactly. My thought as I was clicking through the pictures was that it reminded me of a resort or corporate retreat.
Well this is disturbing. Bama and Oregon RAD facilities!
No one in the country should have better facilities then the all time winningest program in football.
I feel like one season of profits from our home games in football would pay for these :-)
113,000 x avg 100.00 tix = 11.5 million x 7 games = 80.5 million roughly just off tickets.
We should have a damn interactive hologram of Charles Woodson coaching on the field for the cash we roll in.
Havin fun here in this post but damn! Those are impressive.
Ps I rounded slightly :-)
I agree. Would should have all of that stuff.
Hey, I know! . . .we can use the seat cushion rental fees to pay for it.
Doesn't seem right does it? Something is off. It's almost like they put make up on some of the facilities and didn't go all out like bama and Oregon.
I love Michigan but I feel we can have all of this if not better.
Maybe its because Michigan uses that money to predominantly fund 27 sports teams/programs (25 excluding hockey and bball which may fund themselves) with profits secured primarily by football revenues whereas Oregon and Phil Knight only has 17 programs. I bet if we dropped those extra 10 sports, our facilities (which are kick ass and ever improving) can be excessively showy like Oregons.
Good point....but remember Football is the face of sports and the revenue generator.
I understand and agree with you, but I still believe we can match the ducks and ride plus support all sports. We are number 3 I believe in all of sports I terms of revenue vs Texas being 1.
Dude, take a look at the recruiting rankings. Oregon is looking up to us (as usual), not the other way around.
I agree. I am talking facility vs facility here. Pride kicks in to knowing we got one up by Oregon too I won't lie.
For the record they definitely not slumming it in AA.
...it looks like Oregon raked in $6.7 billion in revenues in the fourth quarter alone.
Looks like the Ross B-School on steriods.
Came here to comment the exact same thing. It looks strikingly similar to Ross.
To say that these facilities are cool would be to understate the matter - these are very eye-catching indeed, in my opinion. Very modern, streamlined and efficient look throughout.
This is for press conference, postgame interviews, and I assume city council meetings and, perhaps in a dystopian future, Ingsoc meetings. The caption also talks about confessional-style booths for one-on-one interviews too. Very awesome.
Yeah, that room looks straight out of 1984. The rest of the facilities look pretty sweet though.
We're in an arms race where we have to build facilities for these kids that rival the Pentagon.
The pentagon building itself is rather a marvel of cost reductions and material efficiency and repetitive construction. Not including the 10 levels of basements.
I understand what you are saying though.
Correction. They have one rich booster that gives a ton of $$.
I always thought it was this guy?
Football is everything. Period.
I have seen some pictures come up lately from the facilities of other schools and some (like Oregon's) are unbelievable.
Just after RR was hired, I remember reading that Barwis had the weightroom re-designed but are there any plans for a new facility? Some of the ones I have seen absolutely blow UM's out of the water.
My Fiances brother did a lot of the electrical work in the Oregon's facility. The picture doesn't show it but there is a pool inside as well. They built the pool which cost thousands of dollars and they didn't like it, so they tore it out and built a new one.
A barbershop...really? I claim violation simply because I am jealous they dont have to pay $15 every 5 weeks for a trim.
The new husky stadium has one too.
and those players want more money to cover extra costs....Geeeeze...greeedy lil bastards
At Alabama they just have a meal plan. Other students can eat at the athlete cafeteria but there is a small up charge like there is when you eat at your fraternity/sorority house. Few students go there because there is a certain code that you don't rock the athlete boat.
It is like how players that didn't need the scholarship would give it up so they could recruit another poor kid that would need the ride.
Amateur athletics right there folks.
Does not suck.
It's more like a country club or resort than a football facility. I wouldn't want to train in that weight room. I'm sure they have all the best equipment in there, but it looks too...idk country club/health club esque...not an environment that makes you want to get after it. Still super nice though.
sucks....I would rather play in the Big House.
Hah, no kidding.
This is one of those times that I'm happy we're with Adidas so that we're not out marketing this guy's products every Saturday. I'd hate to think that the Michigan apparel sales of our primary sponsor are being used to build this kind of stuff in Eugene, however small our contribution.
your opinion/preference matters to the Athletic Department.
If there was a holodeck this would basically be a starship.
While huge and luxurious, I'd have major problems with the color choices (or lack thereof). The lockerroom is far too dull and gray. When that much money is spent, I'd concern myself with the aesthetic way more than what was done here. This looks like an amazing museum, but a not very comfortable facility. More wood grain, pls.
It feels like an office/professional building, inside and out. Is it awesome? Yes. But I'm not sure it's what I'd be looking for if I was a college football recruit.
I don't know. . . it's getting to a point where most schools' facilities look pretty much the same. These are nice but I don't see them as a game-changer in terms of recruiting. (And I agree with those who think they look a little sterile for a football complex.)
but time and time again, the traditional programs pretty much win the recruiting battles. That's the biggest thing in recruiting and no amount of Nike money can erase the fact that Oregon's "tradition" started in the last 15 years
See: Michigan out-recruiting Oregon every year even though Oregon has out-performed us pretty much every year for the last 5.
Oregon is desperately trying to buy what we already have. I'll take good facilities, great tradition, and ALL YOUR 5 STARS
Has anyone ever posted a slideshow of the Michigan equivalent facilities ? Never seen them so curious - if so please link.
I don't have photos, but they're very nice. Some of the posts here make it sound like our guys are slumming it - not at all. The one part of the complex that really needed a facelift, Schembechler Hall, is being renovated right now. I don't think Hoke has too many complaints. Recruits certainly don't seem to have an issue with our facilities.
I don't find this very attractive. And that locker room looks awful
I kind of like the MSU weight room.
Maybe some folks around here think that MIchigan doesn't need to keep up with the Ducks, but Kansas begs to differ.
those pics are amazing.
But...."eat your enemies"?