MSU football shows off new locker room


Mississippi State’s new football locker room spans 11,100 square feet. It includes custom-built player lockers, along with separate locker rooms for coaches and staff. There’s an expansive athletic training room and equipment room as well.

By: 
JOEL COLEMAN
Staff Writer

When Mississippi State kicks off the 2018 season on Saturday, first-year Bulldogs head coach Joe Moorhead and several of his staff members and players will be making their MSU debuts.

That’s not all that’ll be new for Mississippi State though as underneath the stands of Davis Wade Stadium, there has been a facelift with the construction of a new MSU locker room and recruiting lounge. MSU officials showed off the new areas to media members on Wednesday and it’s a spot the Bulldogs are all proud to call their own.

“In the arms race that is facilities in this conference, if you’re standing still, you’re falling back,” Moorhead said Wednesday on the Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference. “So the new locker room and the new recruiting lounge give us an opportunity to put our best foot forward in both of those areas.”

The new locations have been constructed in the north side of Davis Wade Stadium. MSU’s old locker room was located on the venue’s south side on the lower level of the M Club building. That area will now be occupied by MSU’s opponents.

That means this season, the Bulldogs will enter and exit the field on the opposite side of the gridiron than in the past.

The new locker room and recruiting lounge area cost $3.6 million and has been privately funded by the Bulldog Club.

“The project had been in the works prior to our arrival,” Moorhead said. “(Director of athletics John Cohen), (Deputy Athletic Director and CFO) Jared Benko and the rest of the athletic department staff did a great job in the planning and execution of it. Andrew Warsaw, our director of football operations, had a hand in the development of the project as well.”

MSU’s new locker room spans 11,100 square feet. It includes custom-built player lockers, along with separate locker rooms for coaches and staff. There’s an expansive athletic training room and equipment room as well.

The players’ locker room is eye-catching. It has a high-gloss metal panel ceiling, color-changing LED linear lighting, internally lit ceiling logos and a state-of-the-art sound system.

Adjacent to the locker room sits the new recruiting lounge. It spans over 3,000 square feet.

In it’s totality, MSU believes its new digs will have a tremendous impact on both current players and prospective future Bulldogs.

“Our student-athletes and coaches deserve elite facilities,” Cohen said when the project was announced earlier this year. “This project will greatly enhance our team and recruiting operations in Davis Wade Stadium. The expansive locker room is in line with coach Moorhead’s vision of building a championship-standard program here at Mississippi State.”

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