There also will be new coaches’ offices, position meeting rooms and a team meeting room featuring 180 extra-wide seats that will be “a show piece for recruits.”
Construction is already under way on the project, which is expected to be completed by April of 2021. Athletic director Greg McGarity informed the board that UGA has already raised $47.5 million to pay for the new building. The board voted to extend a $50 million line of credit with PNC Bank for the West End Zone improvements to cover construction costs. Board treasurer Ryan Nesbitt reported that UGA owes only $1.4 million on that line.
Outside of football, Georgia is close to completing the $8 million construction on the new Henry Feild grandstand at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Only graphics work and landscaping remains to be done. It will be officially opened when the Bulldogs host Florida Atlantic in a dual match on Monday, Feb. 24.
Faculty-athletics representative Craig Shipley delivered a glowing academic report, which included cumulative grade-point average for 3.04 for all student-athletes, and 2.97 for the midpoint of the current semester. However, Shipley did add that football and men’s basketball, with 2.27 and 2.25 team GPAs at the midterm, “need to step up.”