Unlike what we see in movies as typical ‘sweaty locker rooms’ full of steam and sweaty athletes, modern football locker rooms today are much more modernized and spacious. One of the modernized and spacious locker rooms that we can see today is the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex at the University of Oregon. This 140,000-square foot football changing room is fully equipped with television sets and kitchen areas. It also has its own barbershop where football players can cut each other’s hair. With this kind of football locker room, who will still have time to notice the sweaty odor lingering around?
Football changing rooms are now being modernized to be as spacious and as awesome as this football facility. It is also being developed so that locker rooms don’t look like typical locker rooms. Cleanliness is being upheld throughout these modernized football facilities by using professional cleaning products such as antibacterial cleaning products, various glass cleaners and other products with specific cleaning qualities. These football changing rooms are advanced in more than you can imagine. Below are a few things that have been advanced greatly in these football facilities.
- Football changing rooms now have advanced technology.
Before, football changing rooms used chalkboard and whiteboards for drafting game plans, announcements, etc. Today, what is used in football facilities are video projectors connected to smart TV screens. This makes it easier for coaches to replay certain clips that were taped in either a rehearsal or a game. It makes it more convenient for coaches to make football changing rooms more like a classroom for the athletes especially since their area has also been expanded. Aside from this, locker rooms are also being designed with power outlets so that the athletes can use their gadgets in the locker room.
Since coaches are also going paperless, these football facilities are also equipped with WiFi and all the game plans and strategies that the coaches are drafting are all stored in either their computers or iPads.
- There is a big difference in the size of locker rooms.
Aside from the advancement in technology, what both athletes and coaches can appreciate more in modernized football changing rooms is the big expansion in the size of the locker rooms. Before, what athletes had were just slim lockers to put all their stuff. Aside from that, whenever the lockers were limited, some had to share their lockers with others. However, with the expansion of lockers, athletes have the access to bigger lockers which they can have for themselves.
Aside from their personal belongings, each football team has a lot more to store in lockers because they also have their body pads and helmets that they use in each game. The expansions of lockers, therefore, are being utilized well by football teams.
- Configuration of changing rooms are designed well.
Especially that football facilities are now greatly expanded, the space available should be utilized well. Although it is essential for football athletes to have large lockers, it is also important that the lockers are not too big and are positioned separately from each other. The reason behind this is so that athletes can still engage easily with fellow athletes while preparing or resting in their locker room. Aside from this, it would also be easier for the coaches to call a meeting with his athletes in the locker room if they positioned as if they are still huddled together. Moreover, space could also be utilized so that coaches can easily keep boards inside the locker room whenever there needs to be a meeting about planning strategies.
These are the main advancements in the football locker room at the present. Aside from the modernized style and advanced technology, what is also important is that cleanliness is also maintained in the football facility. Having a bigger space means there is more room to clean. Football changing rooms should be cleaned thoroughly to eliminate any germs and bacteria that can thrive in the place.