The Mark Richt Way

It only took fourteen years, but Mark Richt is getting the IPF in the location he always wanted.  Patience is a virtue.

My only question is, if they’re foregoing the Hoke Smith site, will the cost for the new facility still be $30 million?  If so, that’s gonna be one palatial practice field.


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13 responses to “The Mark Richt Way

  1. Does that mean that the recently (last year) installed artificial turf on the lower fields gets replaced with real turf?


    • I was thinking the same thing. It was mentioned here at GTP that some earlier improvements would be lost. As far as cost goes ours is about 10,000 square feet larger than FSU. And like FSU we will dip into some surrounding parking to shoehorn it in. If it is built like FSU I can’t see us spending more than 17 million on it.


  2. “But there does appear to be a general plan to have it be very expensive……”

    Never thought I’d see that sentence written about a B-M plan. I still wish I knew exactly what all went into this reversal of course (fiscally) with the administration.

    I always thought if we ever got an IPF, it would essentially just be an upgraded version of those party tents you can rent for weddings and such. 🙂


    • Bulldog Joe

      It was going to be “expensive” when the University planned on selling the property to the Athletic Association, a fund-raising project which would have taken years to execute.

      The Georgia Way again.

      I, too, would be interested in who stepped in to reverse course, but we may never know.

      I am just glad it happened.


    • watcher16

      I think ultimate sign off on things still has to come from UGA’s president, so I’m thinking it’s the absence of Mike Adams


    • Cojones

      And I’m thinking it’s the presence of Jere.


  3. Reservoir Dawg

    Good. Hands off the Hoke. Some of the best work of the University is done there.


  4. PatinDC

    They say patience is a virtue, and CMR is a virtuous man.


  5. To Teach,To Serve, To Inquire. I’m glad the athletic board and the administration are finally moving on this issue! The team deserves the best! If we have any problems shoe horning the IPF in we can always tear down the Hoke for more parking or use it as a practice field for the Red Coat Band!


  6. JCDAWG83

    Finally, the last barrier to the national championship is removed. The lack of an IPF, and the resulting lost days of practice every season and losing recruits to programs with an IPF, is what has been holding Georgia back from all those championships.

    Note: insert sarcasm here


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