USC announces major upgrades to athletics facilities

USC will upgrade its athletics facilities, including an enhanced football facility.

LOS ANGELES — On Thursday, USC announced plans for major upgrades to its athletics facilities.

Headlining the announced upgrades is an enhanced football facility. The facility will feature a second full-length practice field, as well as a brand new performance center. According to USC, the performance center will include “three levels dedicated to team operations as well as a rooftop hospitality deck and player lounge.”

Head coach Lincoln Riley called the new facility “an absolute game-changer for our program. It will be the perfect home for our team and give our players every opportunity to be successful.”

In addition, USC Baseball will receive an enhanced Dedeaux Field—the Trojans’ home ballpark. The new field will have a seating capacity of approximately 2,500 fans, and include amenities such as “outdoor social spaces, an indoor hospitality space, multiple concession locations, expanded restrooms, a video board and an audio system.”

“Every day our exceptional, hard-working student-athletes come here to pursue their dreams. We want to provide the facilities and support for those dreams to come true,” USC President Carol Folt said. “These exciting new plans will benefit Trojan athletes across all 21 programs.”

Additional facilities enhancements

Last week, USC announced that it will also be building a new stadium for its women’s soccer and lacrosse programs. In addition, the Trojans plan to renovate/enhance both the John McKay Center—where the current football facilities are located—and the Galen Center—home of the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams in the near future.

As stated in a press release from the university, “these transformative initiatives represent USC Athletics’ holistic commitment to sustained excellence across all 21 athletic programs.”

With USC set to join the Big Ten Conference next summer, these enhanced facilities should play a large role in helping launch the Trojans into a new era of college athletics.