The Florida State University Athletics Department and Seminole Boosters, Inc. hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on a new home for Seminole football to be called the Albert J. and Judith A. Dunlap Football Center Saturday on the football practice fields.
FSU President Richard McCullough addressed invited guests along with Vice President and Director of Athletics Michael Alford, Head Football Coach Mike Norvell, the President and CEO of Seminole Boosters Stephen Ponder and Eric Carr from the boosters spoke on behalf of Judy Dunlap who attended along with several Dunlap family members.
“Great things are happening on our campus and within our athletic programs,” Alford said during his address. “This new facility will be a fitting and well-deserved home for our legendary football program that will provide our student-athletes with the proper environment in which to train while addressing deficiencies that arise naturally as facilities age and needs grow.”
Alford pointed out that the construction of the 150,000-square-foot facility will benefit all the Seminoles’ sports programs as it will allow for the repurposing of space that will be vacated in the Moore Athletic Center. He announced that the cost of the project is approximately $100 million and is expected to be completed in 18-24 months.
Norvell praised the work already put into the project to this point and talked about the institution’s “commitment to the program and its bright future” in a rousing speech.
“It is a great day to be a Seminole,” said Norvell as he left the stage.