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UGA announces $63 million project to improve football facilities

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ATHENS, Ga. – A major enhancement to the west end zone of Sanford Stadium — 120,000 square feet of new and improved space that will include a new locker room for the Bulldogs, room to host and entertain prospects on game day, a larger video board and a new plaza for game day fans — was approved by the University of Georgia Athletic Association Board of Directors during its quarterly meeting here Tuesday.

The construction project, which is expected to take approximately 17 months to complete, is estimated to cost $63 million. In order for the enhancements to be ready for the 2018 football season, initial work needs to begin by April of 2017, according to J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity.

The Georgia football team currently occupies a dressing room at the opposite (east) end of Sanford Stadium, and the Bulldogs use it only as a staging room for pre-game, halftime and post-game activities.  When completed, the new dressing room at the west end will offer fully-equipped locker and shower facilities for the Bulldogs, nearly doubling the amount of available square footage.

Directly above the new locker room will be a hospitality lounge, covering over 10,500 square feet, used exclusively for hosting prospects and their guests on game days.  The lounge will be the first of its kind at Sanford Stadium for the Georgia football program.

The new plaza — replacing all existing entrances into the stadium’s west end — will offer fans a dramatically improved game-day experience.

Some details of the overall project include:

• Locker room square footage — Existing:  2,774; New: 5,400

• Recruiting hospitality lounge square footage:  10,574

• New upper plaza square footage:  11,539

• Expanded and enhanced concession and restroom facilities

• Video board size — Existing: 75’ x 46’; New: 100’ x 52’

Further details on the West End Zone project, including artist renderings and fundraising information, can be found at the following website:

http://thegeorgiabulldogclub.com/west-end-zone-project

The project will now be presented for discussion by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents at its meeting on March 15 in Atlanta.