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Facility Friday: South Carolina Gamecocks, Wake Forest Pitching Lab, LSU Beach Volleyball

Jason Scott

Wake Forest University announced that it had completed a pitching lab within the Chris Hurd Player Development Center at David F. Couch Ballpark. The facility is the first of its kind in collegiate athletics, and represents a partnership between the university and Wake Forest Baptist Health. The biomechanics lab will be utilized to develop Wake Forest student-athletes, and will be expanded to analyze athletes from youth baseball programs with the aim of compiling data to identify the root causes of common baseball injuries. —


The University of South Carolina football program recently moved into the new Cyndi and Kenneth Long Family Football Operations Center. The 110,000-square-foot project includes a 20,000-square-foot weight room, a 4,000-square-foot cardio balcony, coaches and staff offices, meeting rooms, nutrition stations, dining facilities and a training room. Creature comforts include a player lounge with a video game area, a barber shop, a 15-seat movie theater and more than 300 TVs throughout the facility. Players got a tour of the facility in a video the football team posted on social media. — The State


Louisiana State University officially opened its brand new beach volleyball stadium on Monday. The on-campus stadium features six competition courts with 2 feet of sand, and has an underground irrigation and wetting system to facilitate competition on hot days. In addition, LED lighting, a customized home locker room, a team lounge and a state-of-the-art training room are also included. —

Indiana University held an official dedication ceremony for Wilkinson Hall, the school’s new 3,000-seat arena. Wilkinson Hall will serve as the home venue for the school’s wrestling and volleyball programs, but will also be used for other athletic department and university events. —

The University of Wisconsin opened a new facility for its softball program, including a new locker room, a team lounge, a film review conference area and additional amenities. The team unveiled the new facility in a video it posted on social media.

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