Sports
5:57 am
Tue August 11, 2009

Michigan opens $26-plus million football facility

ANN ARBOR – Michigan assistant athletic director Scott Draper says the school's new indoor football facility is the tallest of its kind in the country.

Draper provided a tour Monday of the 104,000-plus square foot building that is as high as 85 feet from artificial turf to the nearest obstruction. Meanwhile, the Wolverines went through their first practice on adjacent fields outdoors.

Draper and school officials including the late ex-Michigan coach Bo Schembechler looked over a number of college and professional training sites before breaking ground on the $26 million project in 2007.

Al Glick Field House includes a renovated locker room that equipment manager Jon Falk says is "the Taj Mahal of college football."