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Indoor practice facilities in the Big 12

Published: June 14, 2008
During daylight savings time late in the fall, Missouri often finishes practice in the Devine, which is equipped with a sound system that simulates crowd noise.

Nebraska's Hawks Championship Center houses the Cornhusker football team during inclement weather. "The Hawk” features 81,200 square feet, which includes a full-length field identical to Memorial Stadium's game field. Two years ago, Nebraska completed the Osborne Athletic Complex and Hawks Championship Center at the cost of $50 million.

"The Bubble” is impossible to miss driving south on Interstate 35 through Austin. Built at the cost of $4 million, the facility was finished in 2002. The Bubble, which has climate control, is 70,000 square feet and 61 feet high, housing many other athletic teams during bad or hot weather.

Texas A&M
The air-conditioned McFerrin Athletic Center was completed last year for $38 million.

The Aggies also boast a 10,500-square foot indoor batting and pitching facility adjacent to Olsen Field. The facility, completed in the spring of 2004 for $700,000, has three batting cages and a bullpen area for both the baseball and softball teams.

Texas Tech
The Red Raiders don't have their own indoor football practice facility, but during bad weather they do go inside the "Bubble,” which is home to the indoor track and field teams. Tech rolls out a 60-yard turf onto the surface during football practice.

By Jake Trotter


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