NASHVILLE, Tenn. —OK, she peeked. Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk admits it up front.
After the Titans made significant changes inside the building at Saint Thomas Sports Park, Strunk looked at pictures of the impressive renovations – including a glitzy new locker room -- before she walked into the facility over the weekend. She couldn't resist.
And she was blown away regardless.
"It was like "Wow!" It's just stunning,'' Strunk said. "I always say go big or go home, so that's what we did. And I think we accomplished what we wanted."
When the Titans wrapped up their offseason program in mid-June, work began on a renovation project at the team's headquarters in MetroCenter. Strunk saw the finished product for the first time over the weekend, after players reported for training camp. The changes are evident from the first step inside the entrance for players.
Straight ahead is the lit up Titans fireball logo. Just inside the building and to the left is a giant Vince Lombardi trophy with the words "One team. One goal."
The locker room is dramatically different.
New lockers, new carpet and new televisions decorate the spacious locker room. There's a huge, lit-up, Titans fireball logo on the ceiling. Two round tables with a Titans logo, surrounded by cushioned stools, are in the middle of the locker room.
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota passed Strunk during her tour.
"Thank you for everything,'' Mariota told Strunk. "It looks great."
"You deserve it,'' Strunk told the quarterback.
"I want the players to know we are on board with you,'' Strunk said. "We want to be a part of a winning team, and the first step is giving them this beautiful facility."
Strunk was beaming as she made her way through the facility, guided by Titans general manager Jon Robinson and coach Mike Mularkey.
Check out the new and improved locker room, hallways and practice bubble at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)
In the hallways, messages are delivered with flashy colors, photos, and murals:
Among the mantras on the walls:
A good plan violently executed now is better than the perfect play next week. … Work uphill all week, so you can play downhill on Sundays. … Teamwork means success. Work together, win together. … Individuals play the game. Teams win championships. … Miracles are made through hard work and discipline.
"All the sayings Jon and Mike came up with,'' Strunk said. "It's inspiring."
The state-of-the-art, wide-open locker room is the highlight of the project completed in roughly six weeks. It changed the look inside the building, home of the team since 1999.
"It's the best thing since I have been here,'' receiver Kendall Wright said. "I think they did it for us, and we appreciate it. I am not saying this will happen, but when big-time free agents come see us, this will help, too. And that's bigger than us. I am glad they did it."
Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk interacts with fans at the 2016 SportsFest Saturday at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Gary Glenn)
"We love Nashville and love the organization and what they have done for us and our families and to see the changes that have gone on, it is really exciting, not only for the older guys but the younger guys as well,'' cornerback Jason McCourty said. "So much effort is being done to help us be the best we can be and to help us win football games as the end result."
At the start of another training camp, Strunk said the organization wants to prove to players and fans the team is committed to winning.
She's spent the last three days at training camp. There's a different look – and feel – these days, she said.
"This is an opportunity to show the players how much we support them,'' Strunk said. "We are going to invest in whatever gets a winning team.
"I am excited for the fans. They deserve to have a first-class organization. The players are so excited, and there's a lot of optimism here. Big expectations. So we are going to work hard and we are going to get there. … I am just really happy for everybody that works here. It's a new day."