1 of the Best Facilities in the Country

Editor's Note: The following first appeared in the University of Iowa's Hawk Talk Daily, an e-newsletter that offers a daily look at the Iowa Hawkeyes, delivered free each morning to thousands of fans of the Hawkeyes worldwide.

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The 2013 college football season is a week away, and the anticipation throughout Iowa City is palpable. There is an added boost of adrenaline surrounding the University of Iowa football program due to the completion of the new indoor practice facility last year and the current construction of the adjacent operations center.

"We have a lot going on obviously in the building, next to the indoor," said UI head coach Kirk Ferentz, a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year. "The second phase of the operations project is really exciting. It's great to see steel going up, everybody is fired up about that.

"The indoor facility, the operations project being completed, those are all major gains for us, and something we really need."

As part of the Iowa Football Legacy Campaign, the new indoor practice facility was completed prior to last season, providing a practice venue that competes with any program in the Big Ten.

"It is one of the best facilities in the country," said Hawkeye offensive line coach Brian Ferentz. "To have this facility for practice makes an enormous difference. We have more room in the indoor facility than when we go over to use Kinnick Stadium, because of the sideline space."

The new 100-yard, 102,000-square foot facility, which features 45-foot high side walls and a 65-foot clearance at the peak, is only the first phase of the Iowa Football Legacy Campaign.

"We are working on phase II right now," said Brian Ferentz. "This time next year, we will be talking over there. We are extremely excited about that as well."

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