Another Penn State recruiting tool for James Franklin is closer to reality

The upgrades to the facility should be popular with players and recruits.
Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State announced Thursday a board of trustees committee recommended the full board approve a palled $12 million project that will include renovation and expansion of the team's locker room and more. 

From the school: 

Coach James Franklin said in a statement his staff and players appreciate the move. 

“I would like to thank everyone who has stepped up to support Penn State and this important project,” he said. “Our vision is building the best football program in the nation and these upgrades to the football facility are another critical piece of that foundation.”

If the full board gives its approval on Friday, construction could begin in late December. 

It is phase two of an overall project that already began and is near completion. 

The proposed project will expand and reconfigure the locker room and wet areas, and include the installation of themed graphics and branding. The equipment room will be expanded and renovated with new work areas and office spaces. A new fitting room with uniform and equipment display with storage, as well as a new loading dock and parking lot reconfiguration are planned. Upgrades to mechanical systems are included as well as integration of video, sound and lighting in various areas, and an immersive digital experience.

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