The University of Maryland is thrilled to have opened the new Jones-Hill House June 4, according to Maryland athletic director Damon Evans, who says it was great to see the football program’s student-athletes react to the new facility opening up.
“As you might imagine, we are very thrilled to have Jones-Hill House open up. It was amazing to see the reaction of the student-athletes on our football team,” Evans said on Glenn Clark Radio June 9. “… It was a long time coming. Some have said it was like Christmas in June to see their reaction as we toured them through the facility.”
Evans has worked for the University of Maryland since 2014, and in 2018, Evans became the athletic director of the university. One of Evans’ top priorities has been upgrading the athletic facilities around campus, and chief among those goals has been transforming Cole Field House into the home of the football program.
The indoor practice field at Cole was opened in 2017, but the entire football facility opened June 4. The cost of the project was $149.3 million.
“A lot of people put a lot of hard work into this facility that is state of the art, which I believe is one of the best in the country and will help us as we continue to recruit student-athletes here,” Evans said, “and it shows a strong commitment on behalf of our institution and our program.”
Jones-Hill House is named after Billy Jones and Darryl Hill. Both players were trailblazers in that they were both the first African American players in their sports at the University of Maryland and in the ACC. Hill broke the color barrier at Maryland and the ACC in football in 1963, while Jones did it in basketball in 1965.
“To have those two individuals that were trailblazing African Americans that opened the doors for individuals such as myself — having that building named after them is so fitting,” Evans said, “so that makes that building different.”
The Jones-Hill House features plenty of amenities for the football players, but one thing was particularly important to Evans.
“I think what stands out to me is the fact of what we did for the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes with our training room and the things that we put in there and the nutrition areas,” Evans said.
The amenities include but are not limited to a dining area, pools, weight rooms, training facilities, offices for coaching staff and trainers, a film room, a recording studio, a barbershop and a brick fire oven for pizza.
One of the most important factors of the new Jones-Hill House is still the indoor practice field that the Terrapins will get to work out on again when fall camp begins. Plus, there are two new outdoor fields as part of the facility.
Evans laughed when asked about an annual Terps football team mixtape given the recording studio.
“That would be good to have a mixtape,” Evans joked. “I might join in.”
For more from Evans, listen to the full interview here:
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