Since breaking ground a year ago, USC is set to open its renovated Heritage Hall.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place Saturday. The building will reopen to the public on Monday.
“It is a two-story interactive museum for anyone in Los Angeles to come in and see,” said USC Senior Associate Athletic Director Mark Jackson.
Prior to renovation, Heritage Hall was 45,000 square feet. It’s now an 80,000 square-foot building with a 35 million dollar price tag. It is considered the second phase of improvements to USC’s athletic facilities, coupled with the new aquatics stadium that will open later in the year.
The first phase was the 110,000 square foot John McKay Center fall of 2013, 70 million dollar project.
Touring Heritage Hall
Hall of Champions
The two story Hall of Champions is actually named the “Haden Hall of Champions,” explained Jackson.
It is home to the Trojans multiple NCAA National Championship trophies, Heisman Trophies, USC receiver Marqise Lee’s Biletnikoff Award, as well as plaques commemorating USC’s legendary coaches, amongst other awards and athletic achievements.
The Spirit of Troy is the centerpiece of the Hall of Champions, as it “embodies the essence of Trojan athletics” explained Jackson.
Though Heritage Hall is not home to all 21 USC teams, all 21 are represented in murals and photos throughout the building.
Women of Troy
Five USC athletics teams will be on the lower level of the renovated Heritage Hall. The ground level is home to the Women of Troy, featuring locker rooms supplied with individual iPads for each athlete. A vanity stretching from wall to wall is inside the conjoined locker rooms.
The Women of Troy also have a lounge space on the ground floor with a kitchenette and multiple flat screen televisions that is adjoined to a nap room featuring lounge chairs.
A broadcast room has been installed for student athletes in Heritage Hall, as well. It will directly connect to the Pac-12 Networks in San Francisco (Calif.). It will also be used for other television interviews conducted from campus.
USC created a film room for NFL scouts in Heritage Hall. The walls feature recent Trojans who are currently on NFL rosters, including 2013 rookies Matt Barkley, Robert Woods, and Nickell Robey. The Trojans will host NFL personnel in the room when they scout USC’s players.
USC’s rowing program will also be housed on the ground floor of Heritage Hall.
Their new workout room includes multiple rowing machines.
If a coach or administrator ever disappears from duty, good chances are they’re sneaking in a few hacks in the golf room, which features multiple golf simulators that will allow players to select courses to play from around the globe.
The golf room also features a second nutritionist station. Under new NCAA regulations, division one program are now allowed to have more than one nutrition location – the original is in the McKay Center.
Other Heritage Functions
Heritage Hall will also serve a multi-purpose administrative function. USC athletics administrator’s offices, compliance, and sports information are also in the building.
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