MSU to Announce ‘Significant’ Gift for Football Facility

We’ve known for a while now that Mississippi State is working on building a new football-only facility. It will allow the entire football staff to have its own workspace instead of sharing space in the Bryan Building, and MSU is working with HNTB of Kansas City on the project.

We don’t know how much it will cost, or even what it will look like, but the school said today that it will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Wednesday to announce a “significant gift” that will aid the construction of the facility.

No details were given on the amount of the gift or who it’s coming from. AD Scott Stricklin told me in January that he has some cost projections but declined to share them. Hopefully we’ll learn something about all that tomorrow.

The facility will be located next to the practice fields and still be near the Holliman Athletic Center. When Stricklin and I spoke in January about it, he said there are two compelling reasons for building the facility.

“One, logistically it ties in a lot of things where we have all of our football operations centered in one area,” he said. “And then by vacating the space we’re currently in, it opens up room for us to move other sports and better some of the other situations for the other programs.”

MSU is also planning to improve the drainage of the practice fields and could fold the cost of that into the facility construction.