Virginia Football’s New Hardie Center Features Areas Focused On Recovery

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Virginia Cavaliers The new sports medicine area and hydrotherapy room will help Virginia football players come back from injuries. ~ Photo by Kris Wright

When Virginia officially opened the new Hardie Football Operations Center, it immediately upgraded the everyday home for the program. From the team meeting room to the film room to the locker room and beyond, there’s simply more space for the daily operations of a power conference football team.

The weight room understandably caught the attention of a lot of players as UVA nearly doubled the workout space for the team, moving from 8,000 square feet in the McCue Center to 14,000 square feet in the new building. That opens up space for equipment and full-team training.

UVA head football strength and conditioning coach Adam Smotherman played the lead role in the layout and design of the weight room. Just around the corner, a little less heralded space got the same treatment – word play intended – from Kelli Pugh, the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine that is the primary care provider for the football program. Pugh helped outline the design and select the equipment for the hydrotherapy room and the sports medicine part of the facility.