In any season, Boston College student-athletes are able to take advantage
of the best in practice facilities thanks to "The Bubble." The bubble
can handle all facets of football training. It has been a crucial
part of the Eagles' off-season workouts, including strength and conditioning
and field goals. Erected in December of 1998, this facility cost
approximately $2 million. The bubble measures 360' x 210'.
It is 70 feet high. It covers the entire football field and extends
a few feet beyond the endzones and sidelines.
It takes approximately four hours to inflate the bubble. The facility
is heated and can reach 72 degrees farenheit. The bubble is usually
kept at 55 degrees farenheit. It also has electricity. The
facility has 13 exit doors, one handicap door and one cargo door.
Special features of the bubble include a wind sensor, which stabilizes
the bubble frame when there are high wind gusts, and a snow sensor, which
automatically raises the temperature on the exterior of the bubble, melting
the snow. Each year, the bubble will be erected at the end of November
and stay inflated until the end of March. The facility hours are
7a.m. to 11 p.m.
The bubble's main purpose is to serve as a practice facility during
the winter months. It houses 10 varsity sports. Aside from
football, baseball, field hockey, golf, men's and women's lacrosse, softball,
men's and women's soccer and track all practice in the bubble.
"This state-of-the-art facility benefits all of the Boston College athletic programs. It has taken us to the next level in collegiate athletics,"
-- BC Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo.