Georgia Tech has begun its locker-room renovation, a $4.5 million project that will modernize the space underneath the north stands of Bobby Dodd Stadium.
The project is being funded entirely by a gift from an anonymous donor. The renovated locker room will include modernized visual displays throughout the room, including a “gear wall” to display the Yellow Jackets’ new Adidas apparel, enhanced audio-visual systems and a hydration station. Each of the 116 lockers will have a ventilation and drying system as well as charging stations for laptops, tablets and phones.
Demolition was scheduled to begin this week. The project is scheduled to be completed before the team opens preseason camp in August.
A locker-room renovation has been a longstanding item on coach Paul Johnson’s wish list, a facilities improvement that he believes is necessary to be more competitive in recruiting. The locker room was constructed in 2003, part of a larger expansion and renovation project for the stadium. It has not been renovated since then.
“The locker room is one of the areas where football student-athletes spend their most time, so this upgrade will not only greatly benefit our current student-athletes but is also a big part of our efforts to enhance our football recruiting,” athletic director Todd Stansbury said in a statement. “We’re grateful for the generous gift given by an anonymous donor that has allowed us to provide our football student-athletes with a brand-new, state-of-the-art home.”
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