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Middle Tennessee State University breaks ground on Student Athlete Performance Center

January 30, 2023 · Projects

Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) has officially broken ground on the new Student Athlete Performance Center, designed by Goodwyn Mills Cawood (GMC) in partnership with HOK.

The $66 million project will be connected to the north end of Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium and serve as the new home of Blue Raider Football. The three-story, 85,500-square-foot Student Athlete Performance Center will also consist of new athletic training, weightlifting and nutrition areas for MTSU student-athletes.

“Once completed, this new facility, along with an enhanced Murphy Center, will be part of a new gateway into our campus and will stand as a visible reminder of our commitment to athletic success,” said MTSU President Sidney McPhee. McPhee was joined by many student-athletes, coaches, supporters and fans during the groundbreaking on January 26.

“The Student Athlete Performance Center is transformational for our department, the University and for our community,” Director of Athletics Chris Massaro said. “We will be able to better develop our players, attract top-notch recruits and make our student-athlete experience second to none.”

Each floor of the SAPC will feature special amenities. On the first floor, there will be state-of-the-art facilities, including a nutrition station, a strength and conditioning room and an athletic training room equipped with hydrotherapy pools. The first floor will also house the new football locker room, players’ lounge and new equipment room. The second floor will consist of new offices for the Blue Raider coaching staff and a plethora of meeting areas for the team and coaches. The third floor will feature a large dining venue for student-athletes and will be dedicated to premium opportunities for fans on gameday.