Georgia plans $68.5 million renovation for its football stadium

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FILE – Georgia fans cheer during an NCAA college football champions victory celebration at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. Georgia’s college system regents voted on Tuesday August 9, 2022 to approve a $68.5 renovation project for its football stadium, which will be funded by private donations and loans from private association UGA Athletic. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

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A year after the University of Georgia football team won a national championship, UGA is launching a $68.5 million project to renovate its football stadium, making it easier for Bulldogs fans to travel and building more suites for premium backers.

The regents of Georgia’s university system voted on Tuesday to approve the Sanford stadium plan, which will be funded by private donations and loans from the private UGA Athletic Association.

The construction of the first phase is expected to start after the 2022 football season and the second phase would be built after the 2023 football season.

The first phase would build a new entrance and plaza and widen the lower-level concourse to allow fans to move around the 92,000-seat stadium more easily. He would add new concession stands, expand bathrooms by adding more toilets and sinks, and relocate and widen seating for the disabled. UGA President Jere Morehead called it ‘long overdue’

“We’re improving the ability for our fans to get in and out of the stadium, to have better services, to really improve the overall fan experience,” Morehead told The Associated Press after a regent’s committee approved the work. focused on the fans, who are the lifeblood of college football.

The second phase would build a new 154-seat press box in the south-west corner of the stadium, add six new suites with a total of 125 seats, and convert the existing press box into expanded club space for donors with 270 seats. The project would also add restrooms and a new elevator to the upper level of the stadium.

“We’ve always had huge demand for premium seating,” Morehead said. “It won’t meet that demand, but it’s one more step to meet that demand.”

Regents also approved a $26.7 million plan to replace Lindsey Hopkins’ indoor tennis facility, built in 1979. The new building would feature six indoor tennis courts, up from four previously. Officials said having six courts would allow the university to bid for NCAA tournaments. The work would be financed by private donations.

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