Busch Campus Indoor Practice & Conditioning Facility
Client: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Project: Indoor Practice & Conditioning Facility, “The Bubble”
Epic’s Role: Design-Builder
Construction Costs: $1.2 million
The Rutgers Indoor Practice and Conditioning Facility, commonly referred to as the Bubble, is the nation’s largest air-supported indoor structure featuring a 4 lane running track and athletic field inside. It measures 430 x 230 feet and is 80 feet tall, totaling more than 80,000 square feet. Rutgers University athletic teams use the facility to train and conduct practice sessions regardless of outdoor weather conditions. The New York Giants chose this structure as their training site on several occasions during the 1993 NFL playoffs.
The structure features a Tedlar coated translucent outer fabric allowing athletes to practice in natural lighting during the day and was designed with the exclusive bias cable net system for allowing for structural rigidity of 35lbs snow load and 120mph wind load. Sixty Daft Hanglites provide sixty foot candles of indirect glare-free sports lighting over the entire playing area.