USC’s new multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art athletic facility will officially open its doors on Tuesday, Aug. 21st. The John McKay Center, named for the legendary Trojan football coach of the ’60s and ’70s, will be the new home of all 21 of USC’s varsity athletic programs.
The McKay center broke ground in January 2011, coming nearly four decades after the previous athletic department facility, Heritage Hall, opened its doors. The football players that comprise the class of 2009 were promised a new facility in their time at USC as a part of their recruiting pitch, and with its unveiling Tuesday, the Trojans have made good on their word. According to the Daily Trojan, USC’s student-run newspaper, an idea for the McKay center floated around about 10 years ago but was shelved for the construction of the 255,000-square-foot 10,258-seat Galen Center.
Here are some of the exciting new features of the McKay Center, specs that will surely entice prospective student-athletes:
And surely a variety of other things, which will be unveiled Tuesday.
The John McKay center helps USC stay ahead of the games in terms of recruiting, as it can now boast a fabled athletic tradition and state-of-the-art technologies and facilities. Over the summer we have gotten a few glimpses of the new center as tweeted by various athletes, and on Tuesday we will finally get to see inside the finished product.