The SEC facilities arms race is never ending. Texas A&M's most recent project is evidence of that fact.
The Aggies just completed a massive renovation of the first floor of the Bright Football Complex, where the football team is headquartered, and the project includes some sparkling new locker rooms that resemble a nightclub as much as it does a football facility. The 36,000-square foot renovation, which includes a barbershop and flatscreen televisions in the mirrors, is part of a $32 million improvement of the Bright Complex.
The new Lohman Center lobby inside of Bright, which cost $4 million, and the R.C. Slocum Nutrition Center ($12 million), where the athletes eat, were completed last year. The other $16 million is allotted for the new locker rooms, training rooms and meeting rooms (seen below) as well as the third-floor coaches offices, which will begin renovation next February with a scheduled July 2015 completion.
Here's a brief video tour of the finished product:
The locker room itself is large and the lockers have a sleek design:
Texas A&M unveiled their new locker rooms this week. In a word, they're...impressive pic.twitter.com/faE0aihMAe— Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) July 31, 2014
A glance at Texas A&M's new locker rooms: pic.twitter.com/lXC2oCPlEI— ESPN Texas A&M (@ESPNTAMU) July 31, 2014
Above each player's locker is a digital display with player's name, position, hometown and Twitter handle: pic.twitter.com/u84hPwdKUt— ESPN Texas A&M (@ESPNTAMU) July 31, 2014
And there is a barbershop inside the locker room. No, I'm not joking:
The thing that stood out the most to me about Texas A&M's new locker room? Probably the barbershop. pic.twitter.com/Gt8TjZNgbp— Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) July 31, 2014
TVs in the bathroom mirrors? TVs in the bathroom mirrors.
Oh, and there are flatscreen TVs inside the bathroom mirrors of the Aggies new locker room, too. pic.twitter.com/XrdpsTplJP— Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) July 31, 2014
Here is a look at the "wet area" where players have a hot tub (that reaches over 100 degrees) and a cold tub (that dips into the low-50s):
The positional meeting rooms were renovated as well:
So was the training room:
Here's a look at the reconstructed Hagner Auditorium, where team meetings happen:
Needless to say, the reaction from the Texas A&M players is one of amazement. Junior punter Drew Kaser:
The new lockeroom, all I can say is WOW, just WOW— Drew Kaser (@drewkaser) July 31, 2014