Football Facility Collapses in Alabama

Sometimes the bad news just keeps on coming.

Not long after a New York town had to admit its tennis courts were too short to safely host play, another high-profile facility failed. This time, it was the University of South Alabama Jaguar Training Facility, the indoor football performance center, which suffered a complete collapse.

Bob Lowry, media relations director for the school, confirmed the collapse in a statement. “At approximately 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, the structure of the Jaguar Training Center, a covered athletics practice facility that is under construction on the University of South Alabama campus, fell within the construction limits of the site. No workers were present in that area at the time,” Lowry said.

The cause of the collapse is still under investigation. The school is weighing options, including whether to try again with the current plans or completely redesign the project

According to an article in Athletic Business, workers had begun the process of installing the building’s frame last weekend. According to a report from AL.com, USA officials had hoped to open the facility late this year.

University officials had hoped to be able to open the new facility late this year, but recent rains and bad weather had impacted the construction schedule.

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