TALLAHASSEE-- With current weather regulations in regards to lightning, indoor facilities are becoming an expensive necessity at Universities like Florida State.
Too many times teams lose valuable practice time, and having the indoor venue, says Assistant Athletic Director for Media Rob Wilson gives teams that time back, and prevents them from having a competitive disadvantage.
"That lightning 7 miles away is going to toss us off the field for 45 minutes." says Wilson. "Could be bright and sunny but we're not going to be practicing for 45 minutes."
Which may not seem like a long time but as Wilson reminds us, student athletes have responsibilities outside of football,
"You know you lose practice time and everybody understands that. But we lost a lot of practice time because we butted up on classes again or study hall so you got compressed at both ends."
Inclement weather in the summer is nothing new to the Sunshine State, but the way it's handled certainly has evolved.
Just ask former Florida State defensive back Monk Bonasorte, who played from '77 to 80.
"It would rain right before practice and all the guys would think, all right, we might have to go indoors, and all the sudden it would stop and all the humidity would go up and we practiced through all that stuff."
Then the program started to become a little more cautious says Wilson.
"It used to be 10 years ago, Coach Bowden would see lightning and point to the baseball stadium and all the guys would run in then soon as the lightning passed they all ran out."
Even as recent as last season players like Chris Thompson realized how important it would be not to cancel practice,
"Some days, we would probably go out and stretch" Thompson says "and then have to come back in and cancel practice because it wouldn't stop raining. You know sometimes we would just have to sit and wait."
And as Wilson explains, there was one more crucial reason Florida State knew it was time to construct this facility.
"You know there is an arms race element to it. You know I think it's going to attract recruits and it's going to become a point where they say 'do you have an indoor facility or not?"
A question that the Seminoles will no longer have to say "no" to.