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UMass unveils $35 million performance center

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Mother Nature could not stop the University of Massachusetts football team from debuting its new performance center on Wednesday.

The building was the focal point of media day, as the team prepares for the 2014 season.

Several areas stood out in the new 55,000-square-foot building, not just the fact that offices overlook McGuirk Stadium.

Nine thousand square feet belong to a custom-made fitness center.

Officials said the weights were made and shipped over from Europe.

Down the hall is the sports medicine facility.

Athletes will now be able to rehab in pools that can be hot or cold and they will have a treadmill to walk on under water.

The locker room features 110 custom-built lockers in an air-conditioned room, giving the players the ability to relax before and after practices and games.

Head Football Coach Mark Whipple said while the facility will help in recruiting, it's already paying benefits with his current roster.

"With the hot days and double-sessions, I've seen some guys get back quicker with the training rooms and the hydrotherapy," said Whipple.  "All of those things help."

As for the football program, they're about two-and-a-half weeks away from their season-opening game in Foxboro against Boston College.

Whipple said there is a plan, but he is about a week away from putting that plan in place.

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