DAYTONA BEACH — Bethune-Cookman University kicks off its home football schedule Saturday, but Friday the school kicks off a new era in athletics with the dedication of its $4.6 million training center.
Larry R. Handfield Athletic Training Center
LOCATION: International Speedway
Boulevard at Lincoln Avenue
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 16,378 square
feet indoors plus 6,338 square feet
CONSTRUCTION: Masonry with brick
and glass facade
SPECIAL FEATURES: Strength/
conditioning center; rehabilitation
equipment; hydrotherapy, X-ray
and treatment rooms; technology equipped
team meeting rooms;
student-athlete technology center;
Wildcats Hall of Fame lobby area
COST: $ 4.6 million
ARCHITECT: William Chapin
CONTRACTOR: M.L. Underwood
The 16,378-square-foot Larry R. Handfield Athletic Training Center brings a big-college atmosphere to the small-college program, and B-CU officials say they expect it to help draw more upper-tier athletes and raise the school’s profile.
“This has already helped the program,” B-CU athletic director Lynn Thompson said of the new facility which the football team moved into three weeks ago. “We’ve had some kids from some I-A universities say to me, ‘We don’t have this where we are now.’ ‘’
Thursday, workers put the finishing touches on the corridor linking the new building with Phase II of the university’s athletic facilities upgrade.
The corridor, overlooking International Speedway Boulevard, will be known as the “Legacy Walk” and will showcase pictures and memorabilia celebrating milestones and great moments throughout the history of Wildcats athletics.