Gophers break ground on new practice facility

U of M breaks ground on Athlete Village

MINNEAPOLIS - The University of Minnesota's ambitious athletic facilities upgrade is underway.

Gophers boosters, officials and athletes gathered Friday for a formal groundbreaking on the $166 million

enterprise, which is highlighted by new practice and training space for the football and basketball programs.

Retired football coach Jerry Kill was a leading fundraiser for the project. About half of the money, all from private donations, has been committed.

Board of Regents chairman Dean Johnson said the goal for completion of the complex, called the Athletes Village, is sometime in 2017.

All 25 varsity teams will share the Land O'Lakes Center for Excellence, a new space for athletes to study, network, relax and eat.


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