Joe Craft Football Training Facility
Years ago, the vision of a new day-to-day home for Kentucky football was conceived. The facility would place everything players would need to practice, train, eat, recover, and study under one state-of-the-art roof.
That vision has now become reality in the form of the new $45 million Joe Craft Football Training Facility, which opened in July 2016 after 19 months of construction and covers 100,000 square feet.
“I think we all feel very proud and very happy for the players because they’ve been through a lot and they’ve worked hard,” Stoops said. “They’re good kids and we promised them that, a lot of them, when we were recruiting them and to see it come to fruition and get in there, it’s surreal, to be honest with you.
“To get this building done, it’s going to help Kentucky football for a long time.”
The training facility is located adjacent to both Kroger Field and Nutter Field House, placing the three areas where nearly all team activities will take place within mere walking distance. Moreover, the training facility’s exterior and interior appearance matches that of Kroger Field and its recently completed $126 million renovation, giving the two buildings both a modern look and a uniquely Bluegrass State feel with touches like Kentucky limestone, reclaimed barn wood and illuminated outlines of the state.
Marksbury Players First Suite
Completed in January 2018, the Marksbury Players First Suite was completely renovated from top to bottom. Designed to be a basketball suite that has everything players need to train at a high level, the locker room features all the essentials — solid wood lockers, a team meeting room, cold and hot tubs, a steam shower, a dining area — with so much more.
Fitted with state-of-the-art technology, the suite includes a dynamic interactive media wall with three vertical 86-inch screens to highlight UK’s national championships, the current team, NBA players and the program’s road map to success, and a 4×4 46-inch video wall mounted in the main section of the room with a touch-panel interface.
The Healy Family Locker Room features a one-of-a-kind 360-degree LED video ribbon board custom built for digital locker heads and dynamic content.
Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex
The Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex opened in spring 2014. The $7.7 million facility has a capacity of 3,368 and is the home of Kentucky’s men’s and women’s soccer programs.
The Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex houses separate facilities for the men’s and women’s programs, including team rooms, player lounges, locker areas, coaches offices, press box and a gorgeous new grandstand. Combined with the 2011 additions of a $600,000 playing surface, a new video tower and a video board, it sets the standard for college soccer facilities. UK worked with architectural firm Luckett & Farley to design the stadium.
UK’s men’s and women’s teams played the inaugural season as the venue affectionately known as “The Bell” in fall 2014. The facility is named in honor of longtime UK Athletics supporters Wendell and Vickie Bell.