LOOK: Final steel beam goes up on Illinois Football Performance Center
Monday was a huge day for the future of Illinois football.
No, the Illini didn’t sign any 5-star recruits or make a huge addition to the coaching staff, but it was still a big day for the program. That’s because the final steel beam was put into place on the new Illinois Football Performance Center, another major step in the completion of the $80 million project.
Before the beam was set in place, athletic director Josh Whitman, head coach Lovie Smith and the entire Illini football team signed their name to it.
Whitman and Lovie sign the beam #Illini pic.twitter.com/V93LIzNhVo
— Jeremy Werner (@JWerner247) August 6, 2018
The final steel beam went up today! Signed by every member of our football team. Special thanks to everyone that has played a part in this process. #ILLINI pic.twitter.com/cnoaW7EWA2
— Lovie Smith (@LovieSmith) August 6, 2018
The announcement of the Performance Center came in June 2017 with construction beginning earlier this year. The project — which cost an estimated $79.2 million — is expected to be finished prior to the start of the 2019 season.
Illinois believes that this new building will be among one of the nation’s best and will help create a better environment for student-athletes on campus.