AP PHOTOS: College football palaces

By The Associated Press | September 12, 2013 | 12:35 PM EDT

In this Aug. 5, 2013 photo, water flows near a reflecting pool outside the new 145,000-square-foot University of Oregon Football Performance Center on the University of Oregon campus Eugene, Ore. The glass facade reflects the Casanova Center, which houses non-football athletic operations. (AP Photo/Brian Davies)

Part five-star hotel, part Palm Springs fitness club, part Apple Store.

Call them football palaces, and no college program can call itself big-time without one that will leave recruits wide-eyed.

From Alabama to Oregon, opulent football operations buildings that cost millions can be found on campuses across the country.

With weight rooms that could cover a football field, more flat screens than a Best Buy and enough leather furniture to fill Trump Plaza, players have no reason to go back to the dorms.

How about a game of pool between meetings with coaches — held in rooms bigger than some movie theaters? Or a visit to the trainers' room to rehab on the antigravity treadmill? Or maybe, just hang out near the waterfall? Yes, the waterfall.

Here's a gallery of images from six of the nation's most lavish football facilities: Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Southern California and Washington


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