It’s been a longtime coming but on Tuesday, the UB football team hit the field for the first time inside their new practice facility at the Murchie Family Fieldhouse.
Over the last few years, if there was bad weather the team would have to head down to Orchard Park and use the Bills practice facility. It’s a nice upgrade and change of pace for the program.
“There’s a group of guys that don’t have to get on a bus anymore to get to practice,“ head coach Lance Leipold joked after practice. “We’re excited about the opportunity to be in here. The opportunity for our guys to keep working and to get better and for our program to now be at least in this area, to be on common ground with our peers that we can use in the recruiting aspect and of course as I said earlier the development of our players.“
The completion of the practice facility has already given an added boost to current players and will help the Bulls in recruiting.
“It means a lot,“ said linebacker James Patterson. “You have to win that first rep that first sprint — everything. You have to be the best. Just competing here it feels great and just to see the program rising from where it was and to where it’s going.“
“I had three players right away walk up to me and ask if there are open hours in here, and we weren’t even off the field from the first practice,“ added Leipold. “You can see they’re chomping at the bit for the opportunity. The way our living situation is right across the street, is really conducive for our student athletes to maximize their opportunities to get better.“
UB has seven spring practices left leading up to their spring game on April 12.