WATCH: Virginia Players React to New UVA Football Operations Center

Sixth year defensive end Ben Smiley III talks about the opening of the new Virginia football operations center.
Sixth year defensive end Ben Smiley III talks about the opening of the new Virginia football operations center. / Matt Newton/CavaliersNow
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Thursday, June 6th, 2024 was a momentous day for the Virginia football program, which officially opened its brand new 93,000 square-foot operations center. The new facility will replace the McCue center, which has served as UVA football's headquarters for 33 years and has long been well behind the pace and standard for college football facilities at the Power Five level and in particular in the ACC.

Now, the Cavaliers have "leveled the playing field" with a state-of-the-art facility that includes everything the program will need to compete at the highest level.

Thursday's ribbon-cutting ceremony, which was attended by the UVA Board of Visitors, the Virginia football team and coaching staff, donors and UVA football alumni, and nearly the entire UVA athletics department, gave all present the opportunity to tour the facility and see the finished product, the outcome of nearly six years of hard work since the UVA Athletics Master Plan was approved back in September of 2018.

Members of the media were also given the opportunity to tour the facility and speak with UVA football players to get their initial reactions on their new home. Watch the video below to hear from junior kicker Will Bettridge, graduate quarterback Tony Muskett, sixth year safety Antonio Clary, sixth year defensive end Ben Smiley III, sixth year defensive end Kam Butler, and graduate defensive end Chico Bennett Jr:

See more from Thursday's ribbon-cutting ceremony in the video below from Virginia Sports TV and click here for a photo gallery from the event.

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Managing Editor and Publisher, CavaliersNow Email: mattnewton@virginia.eduTwitter: @mattynewtssWebsite | LinkedIn | Instagram Matt Newton is the managing editor and publisher at CavaliersNow. He has been covering UVA athletics since 2019 and has been the managing editor at CavaliersNow since launching the site in August 2021. Matt covers all things UVA sports, including Virginia basketball and football news and recruiting, former Wahoos in the pros, and coverage of all 23 of the NCAA Division I sports teams at the University of Virginia. A native of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, Matt grew up a huge Philadelphia sports fan, but has also been a UVA sports fanatic his entire life thanks to his parents, who are alums of the University of Virginia. Matt followed in his parents' footsteps and attended UVA from 2017-2021, graduating with a degree in Media Studies and a minor in Economics in May of 2021.