AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - During its September meeting Friday morning, the Auburn Board of Trustees approved the next step for a football performance center, authorizing the university to begin developing the scale and scope of the project, as well as the architect selection process.

“We are very appreciative of the Board of Trustees’ approval of a football performance center,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said. “This facility will be a tremendous asset for Auburn and the Auburn football program for many years to come.”

A group was formed in June 2019 to explore the options of a football performance center and the benefits the space would have for the entire student-athlete population.

“Our facility portfolio is among the best in the country, highlighted by the recently constructed Harbert Family Recruiting Center which compliments the indoor practice facility, Lowder Student-Athlete Development Center (academics), and best-in-class dining facility and dormitory. The proximity of all these amenities to the hub of Auburn Athletics is a tremendous benefit for our student-athletes,” Auburn Athletics Director Allen Greene.  “The addition of a football performance center is important to the long-term success of our football program and clears a path for us to make additional facility enhancements which will have a department-wide impact.”

The new facility will be paid for by funds from the athletic department and donors. Fundraising through Tiger Unlimited has begun and is off to an unprecedented start.

“We are grateful for those who have stepped up in support of our vision of a state-of-the-art football performance center,” Greene said. “Moving forward, we are confident the Auburn Family will continue to respond to make this project a reality.”