The facility, constructed by Barton Malow, stands on the site of one of the football team's side-by-side practice fields.
The steel is rising between Emmet Street and U-Hall.
Drivers and pedestrians from Emmet Street to University Circle are getting a new view, as the steel framework of UVA's newest building, a planned indoor football facility, fills the sky near University Hall. A $13 million project, the 78,000 square-foot building takes the place of one of the two artificial turf fields.
"This facility is the number one priority in the athletics department right now and will add to the momentum Mike London has generated in his short tenure here," says (in a prepared statement) Athletic Director Craig Littlepage, taking note of the head coach's success which includes an 8-4 record last year along with an invitation to the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Besides offering a jaunty arched roof to passersby– thanks to the designers at Atlanta-based Knight Architects and at Charlottesville's own VMDO– the building will allow UVA athletes, and not just football players, to practice in inclement weather. And it comes after several other Atlantic Coast Conference schools unveiled similar facilities, according to Daily Progress sports maven Jerry Ratcliffe.
With all the money raised privately, the structure will be named for the yet-unnamed donor who, according to the facility's website, has pledged $5 million. As it turns out, so eager were they to build that, according to the minutes of its February meeting, the University Board of Visitors issued tax-exempt bonds– i.e. borrowed– up to $10 million to provide the initial funding until donations catch up.
Several donating and naming opportunities remain. A pledge of $1 million gets the field named in someone's honor, while each endzone can be be claimed for $500,000. And any pledge of $100,000 gives the donor the right– as long as he or she continues to donate at the annual "V Club" level (currently $6,200)– to buy two seats in the President's Box at Scott Stadium.
–photo changed at 6:48pm Saturday, August 18