The University of Georgia Athletic Association announced Monday that construction of a state-of-the-art Indoor Athletic Facility will begin after the 2015 football season ends, according to GeorgiaDogs.com.
As on-campus indoor athletic facilities are now common for collegiate athletic programs, the upgrade for the Bulldogs’ Athletic facilities has been highly anticipated after recent improvements and renovations to Sanford Stadium.
“Today’s decision is the next step in the process to build our new Indoor Athletic Facility,” J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity said. “We will now be able to share the impressive interior and exterior renderings of the facility with everyone. From a functional and aesthetic standpoint, this facility will be transformational for our entire athletic program.”
While the entire athletic department shares the same joy and excitement, Georgia football head coach also expressed his excitement and gave praise to McGarity.
“It’s exciting to see the project continuing to move forward,” Head Coach Mark Richt said. “We’re appreciative of the support provided by President Morehead, Greg McGarity, the Athletic Association Board and Board of Regents. This will be the best indoor facility in the country!”
The Indoor Athletic Facility will be located on the Woodruff Practice Fields and will be connected to Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. The connection of the Indoor Athletic Facility to the current facility entails the removal of the Nalley Multipurpose Room.
The project will cost approximately $30 million and will be funded the both donor support and athletic department reserves.
Georgia’s plans for the Indoor Athletic Facility serves as a building block for a larger plan, the Georgia Excellence Campaign, that the program hopes to release soon.
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