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Heritage Hall Renovations Provide Updated Facilities While Honoring Past

Arash Zandi |
January 31, 2014 | 12:49 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

The Pat C. Haden Hall of Champions features a who's-who of USC sporting history. (Arash Zandi/Neon Tommy)
The Pat C. Haden Hall of Champions features a who's-who of USC sporting history. (Arash Zandi/Neon Tommy)
Members of the media were invited today on an exclusive tour of USC’s newly renovated Heritage Hall, which houses the university’s athletic department.

The 80,000 square foot facility cost $35 million to renovate and is the 2nd phase of a series of $300 million renovations dubbed the Heritage Initiative, which began with the McKay Center in August last year. Renovations to the Coliseum are the third and final phase.

Mark Jackson, USC’s senior associate athletic director, led the tour of Heritage Hall. Unlike the McKay center, which is solely for student athletes, Heritage Hall is open to the public.

The tour began in the Pat C. Haden Hall of Champions, a two-story central atrium named after USC’s athletic director. The Hall of Champions features the many trophies that USC has won, including the prestigious Heisman trophies. It also has touchscreen televisions that profile the various champions that USC has produced.

“We want to bring people back home to USC,” Jackson said.

The next stop on the tour was a multi-purpose lounge that will be used for press conferences, banquets as well as a restaurant. Jackson noted that Heritage Hall is about displaying the rich athletic history of the school.

“Most universities’ struggles are about lack of space, but USC’s struggle is about a story that’s so deep,” he said.

The tour continued through the administration and development team offices, where Pat Haden was present and talked briefly about Heritage Hall's potential as a recruitment tool.

“We are celebrating 125 years of academic history and our job is to keep everything current," Haden said. "The building will help with recruiting and will make the potential recruits feel like they are chosen.”

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The underbelly of Heritage Hall is only accessible to USC’s 650 student athletes and its 250 sports staff members via a secure biometric system, and has a path to the adjacent McKay Center. Jackson mentioned that the female student athletes wanted a “spa-like feel” to their locker areas, and so they incorporated their feedback by creating a female-only lounge, and locker rooms that included iPads so that they could receive updates on campus and messages from their coaches. The women's golf, soccer, lacrosse and rowing teams each have their own locker rooms.

The tour continued to a television studio that was developed in collaboration with USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. The studio is equipped with an editing room, as well as a direct feed to the Pac-12 Network in San Francisco. Close by was a room for student athletes and coaches to study film for composing strategies.

The rowing team has its own weight room in Heritage Hall and houses the offices of the rowing team coaches. The offices for the other coaches are in a separate area underground. The equipment for all 21 sports that USC participates in has now been centralized in the basement of Heritage Hall.

Perhaps the most unique room in the building is the lounge for the golf teams, which has a virtual golf driving game featuring 550 courses from around the world. There is also a room that features a state-of-the-art iDXA body composition machine.

The public section of the Heritage Hall opens Feb. 3. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and it is closed on Sundays.


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