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The University of Memphis announced Monday afternoon that it will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its new indoor football practice facility Thursday morning at 11 a.m.

The groundbreaking date, which was first reported by The Commercial Appeal last month, comes more than five years after the university began raising money for such a facility, most recently as part of its "Time to Shine" capital campaign. Memphis announced in August 2015 that it was raising $40 million for the construction of new facilities for football and basketball. Construction of the basketball facility began last year, while the football facility has been delayed.

In addition to the construction of an indoor practice field, the Billy J. Murphy Athletic Complex will be renovated to include coaches' offices and a new dining area, among other amenities.

In a January interview with The Commercial Appeal, university president David Rudd said he expects it to be a 10-12 timeline for construction "on critical aspects in terms of a usable indoor facility," with further renovations thereafter. With Thursday's groundbreaking ceremony, which will be an invitation-only event, the indoor practice facility should be available for use throughout the 2018 football season, if not earlier.

Highland Hundred hosting annual golf event

The Highland Hundred, a booster group supporting the Memphis football program, will host the annual Les Phillips Memorial Golf Tournament at Colonial Country Club on May 12. Player fees are $185, with breakfast and lunch included.

To register or learn more about the event, visit

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April 26, 2017


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