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Inside look at the sweet design elements in Stanford's new facility

Until very recently, Stanford's football building looked very similar to any office building in America. Not anymore. 

The folks at Advent were brought in to freshen up the place, and now the walls are talking with the past, present and future of Stanford football. "We wanted to be able to provide that great first impression, if you will," athletics director Bernard Muir said. "You only get to do that one occasion, one time, for each and every person and so we wanted to create that 'wow' factor so they would quickly get it, and be able to walk away and say, 'There's something special going on here.'"

The visual progression of the facility was designed so that, beginning with the player's entrance, a visitor will get a step-by-step graphical look at the philosophy of Stanford football. This being Stanford, that means starting with a look at the offensive and defensive lines. "One of my goals when this was all done, someone could walk through this facility without me saying a word to them and they would come away with exactly what I wanted them to come away with, which is who we are, how we do what we do, the players that have gone on to be successful in football and out of football, academic All-Americans, football All-Americans," said head coach David Shaw. "They would get an idea of who the Stanford man is and what the Stanford man can accomplish."

In short, Stanford finally has a facility worthy of its football program. 

I've added four still photos, but I could've easily tripled that number. View the full set here.

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