UIUC Henry Dale and Betty Smith Football Center

The 107,650 sf Henry Dale and Betty Smith Football Center adjoins the south end of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Irwin Indoor Practice Facility. The facility features new and expanded strength and conditioning and sports medicine space, coaches’ offices, meeting rooms, player development areas, locker rooms, and other areas for recruiting and prospect hosting. The new complex is the largest in the Big Ten Conference, and provides world-class player amenities to support recruiting efforts and a successful football program.

Teamed with Turner-Clayco, Cotter provided project management for this complex multi-phased project.

Renderings provided by HNTB

Urbana-Champaign, Illinois



Square footage


Project completion

Project Team

It has been an absolute joy to partner with a great Turner-Clayco team on this world-class athletic facility on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. We worked daily with the university and the Architect (HNTB) to deliver this challenging project on a very tight construction schedule, within budget. On a personal level, I enjoyed contributing to a project at my alma mater that will boost the university, and the football team for years to come.

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When you see genuine excitement, that's pretty neat to watch. Every player on our football team, of course, was really excited.

Lovie Smith

Head Football Coach, UIUC

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