Texas State held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new $37 million Football Performance Center at Bobcat Stadium, located at 1100 Aquarena Springs Drive, San Marcos, on May 22.

The Football Performance Center is a renovation to the existing complex and will include a new 8,000-square-foot weight room, a new players lounge, a new training room with hydrotherapy, individual position meeting rooms and a recruiting room. The conference rooms will also receive an upgrade with additional offices along with additional premium hospitality spaces to “enhance the game experience.”

“I can tell you from a student-athlete experience, it’s gonna make us more efficient; it’s going to improve our recruiting,” Texas State Athletic Director Don Coryell said. “This will be the very first building that we bring all of our recruits in to show off just how great Texas State is. I can tell you in the world of the transfer portal, it’s great to have a building like this because this is going to help us with retention; it’s going to allow us to keep more of our student-athletes here. This is a really important part of what we need to do to turn our football program around and win more games.”

Head Football Coach G.J. Kinne noted the program has hosted hundreds of recruits and their families within the first five months of him on the job, and the new end zone complex will help keep the program competitive with surrounding universities.

“With this new end zone complex, it will make our next pitch to the next generation of Bobcats even stronger,” Kinne said. “We will have a complete facility that will make people say ‘wow.’ We will have a weight room that rivals some of the top programs in the country and create better scheduling for our student athletes.”

Coryell said the project was a vision over a year ago, but because of the support from Bobcat fans and alumni, the university has been able to make it a reality.

“We appreciate the support of Johnny and Nathali Weisman, Bo and Darlene Trevillion, Scott and Yvonne Emerson, and all of the people who have chosen to support the Football Performance Center so far,” Coryell said in a news release.

In 2022, the Trevillions made a $2 million donation in support of the new weight room, which will be named in honor of William V. Tevillion, a Texas State football student-athlete who played for the Bobcats from 2013-16 before dying in January 2016.

The center itself is anticipated to be named in honor of the Weisman family, pending Texas State University Board of Regents approval. The Weisman family supported the project with a $4 million donation in March, which at the time was anonymous.

“It takes everyone to make this happen. Now it is time to get to work,” Coryell said.

Construction is expected to start this summer and be completed by fall 2024.