Georgia Tech’s project to modernize a section of the historic football stadium

At the northeast corner of historic Bobby Dodd Stadium, a 115,000-square-foot sports facilities project is moving forward that is expected to boost Georgia Tech wobbly football program and other sports teams.

This week, the Georgia University System Board of Trustees approved Georgia Tech Athletics’ plan to build a modernized student-athlete performance center, described by funders as state-of-the-art and a boon to recruitment.

It will rise in the footprint of the current Edge/Rice Center, Tech’s athletics headquarters, with a modified design from what was initially predicted three years ago.

The newest designs for the student-athlete performance center. Georgia Tech Athletics

The performance center will house areas for athlete strength and conditioning, sports medicine, nutrition, academic support and Tech Athletics’ Total Person program. Other facets will include expanded space specifically for Georgia Tech football, to include a dedicated football players’ lounge, meeting spaces, and strength and conditioning facilities.

Another element will be premium seating offered to Ramblin’ Wreck football fans and people attending other major events held at the stadium.

Athletics staff currently housed at the Edge/Rice Center will be relocated to other buildings on campus (the Wardlaw Center and the McCamish Pavilion Annex) to allow the performance center to be dedicated exclusively to student athletes, said officials.

Front Office Sports reports the facility will cost $82 million.


The almost Brutalist look of the northeast section of the historic Bobby Dodd Stadium on the Georgia Tech campus today. Google Maps

Todd Stansbury, Georgia Tech’s director of athletics, called the modernized center a transformative addition and the crown jewel of the 2020 Athletics Initiative, a fundraising campaign that pays the bill.

“[It] will allow us to recruit and develop [athletes] who will represent Georgia Tech at the highest athletic and academic level,” Stansbury said in a press release.


The newest designs for the student-athlete performance center. Georgia Tech Athletics

Following Board of Regents approval, Georgia Tech officials said the final design process for the project would begin immediately. Construction is expected to coincide with normal operations of the stadium, which debuted in a smaller form in 1913.

The performance center project is expected to be completed in 2025.

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