UGA Athletic Board approves multi-million dollar expansion of baseball stadium

The University of Georgia Athletic Association board of directors at its quarterly meeting Thursday approved a multi-million dollar renovation and expansion project of the school’s baseball stadium.

The plans for mass improvements at Foley Field have been under way for quite some time. But Athletic Director Greg McGarity required that the athletic association raise half the funds for the cost of the construction — originally estimated at $10 million — and the Bulldogs are close enough to accomplishing that to green-light the project. Construction is scheduled to begin at the conclusion of this season, which ends in late May.

“Which just feel like it’s time,” McGarity said. “The stadium was built in 1990. It’s time for improvements.”

Projects to make improvements to the swimming facility and new uniforms for Redcoat Band totaling a combined $13.45 million were included in a motion presented to the board and it was unanimously improved.

The expansion will include luxury boxes, a renovated press box, elevators, an expanded concourse and concession area and other amentities to “enhance the fan experience,” and significant training area and locker room improvements for the baseball team.

The Bulldogs are under the direction of new baseball coach Scott Stricklin and open the season at home on Feb. 14.