Louisiana State University has just upped the ante when it comes to player comforts after revealing the stunning renovations to its college football locker room. The Tigers' new football operations centre cost a reported US$28 million and is a state of the art football training facility sure to help the team on its quest for another championship.
The new football operations building includes a lounge with arcade games, movie theatre and a ping-pong table, and a renovated nutrition centre headed by former Seattle Seahawks chef Michael Johnson with seating for up to 180 people. A 15-metre-wide, 3.5-metre 'Walk Through Room' features a turf floor where players can test out plays and formations in front of a virtual field.
The real kicker is the addition of luxurious seats in the locker room that can transform into lie-flat beds. Modelled on seats you'd find in most business class cabins on an aeroplane, the purple recliners are made from vinyl fabric and come with iPad mounts to watch film of their opponents, as well as charging stations.
There's also locker storage underneath the cushion and a cabinet above the seat with space for each player's helmet. The new fit-out also includes a ventilation system that sucks out the old air and replaces it with fresh air, and a 'mud room', where players store their gear after training to keep the locker room from smelling like old shoes.