In any season, Boston College student-athletes are able to take advantage of the best in practice facilities thanks to "The Bubble". The newest of Boston College's athletic facilities, the bubble is the winter practice center for most of BC's varsity teams.
"This state-of-the-art facility benefits all of the Boston College athletic programs," says BC Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo. "It has taken us to the next level in collegiate athletics,"
Erected in December of 1998, the bubble cost approximately $2 million. The structure measures 360' x 210' and is 70' tall, covering the entire football field and extending a few feet beyond the end zones and sidelines. The bubble usually takes four hours to inflate and is wired for electrical power. It is heated and can reach 72 degrees Fahrenheit, though it is usually kept at 55 degrees.
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.
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