With more schools christening new indoor practice facilities, what's the status of the one you see above? Definitely on-track if not quite on schedule -- at least not the schedule eager FSU fans want to see.
Seminole Booster V.P. Jerry Kutz told us that he's "very optimistic" about the building becoming a reality sooner rather than later. "We're currently in the silent phase of our campaign for major commitments," says Kutz. "We've had firm pledges for large amounts. And we'll announce the public phase in the near future. And at that point everybody can contribute."
As for visible progress, Kutz said that "some of the groundwork has already been done." He added that other preliminary steps are underway, such as "the drawings going though the campus architectural review committee. The finished facility will be bigger than an airplane hanger. And when you put it there on the practice field, it's the first thing you see when you drive up. So it's got to fit with rest of the campus."
If you're looking for reasons why an indoor facility isn't a done deal yet, we'd remind you of all the bricks and mortar completed over the last decade -- from finishing the University Center and a new basketball practice complex to the women's softball field, swimming pool and indoor tennis facility. They weren't built by the state. The funds for those, as well as scholarships, came from two major campaigns that raised $150 million. Pretty impressive figures for any school, especially during a down economy. So if you're a Booster, and especially if you wrote checks to those initiatives for sizable amounts, give yourself a big Seminole pat on the back.