SAU Buzz

New locker rooms in use at St. Vincent’s

by Carter Foley
Posted on Sep 20, 2018

 

Football season is back in swing at St. Ambrose University, and there’s a lot to be excited about. The Freshman suit up for the first time, while Seniors prepare to play their final season in a Bees uniform.  

 

Why else is this football season special? The new football locker rooms have finally been completed and are already in use at the St. Vincent Athletic Complex. It’s the new state-of-the-art facility that incorporates everything needed to have a successful football program.

 

The 11,664 square-foot building is the perfect size for everyone on the team. It includes locker rooms for both offense and defense, offices for each coach, a training room and a massive storage room located in the basement of the building.

 

“Having everything in one centralized location not only from a convenience standpoint but from an efficiency standpoint and how you operate as a program is really important,” said Mike Magistrelli, Head Coach of the Fighting Bees.

Magistrelli remembers when everything used to be in various locations. Now that everything is in one place, and it’s a huge advantage for the program.

 

In the past, It was a common sight to see players load their practice equipment into their vehicles and drive to practice every single day. Now thanks to the facility, they can leave their gear in the locker room, which is only a few feet away from the practice field.

 

Each locker has the player’s name and number above it, a stool, and a place for them to keep their belongings safe. There’s also a massive flat screen television equipped with a PS4. Showers are also included in both locker rooms.

 

The basement of the building contains a massive storage space. There’s also a laundry room where trainers can wash practice and game-worn jerseys as well as towels. The extra storage can be used for other sports teams like soccer and lacrosse to keep some of their team equipment.

 

The building totaled a cost of $2.5 million. It will be the practice facility of the Fighting Bees for years to come. The Bees won their first game of the 2018 season,  beating the Dakota State Trojans who were ranked 25th at the time.