McGarity warns that the new indoor practice facility won’t be ready for the 2016 football season.
Greg McGarity confirmed as much Thursday morning. The UGA athletic director said that underground utility work and site preparation will take at least three or four months to complete, and that cannot commence until the Bulldogs have completed the 2015 season. Then the actual construction of the massive building, which will be located on the eastern-most side of the current football complex, will take at least seven to nine months to finish.
That means it will likely be well into the 2016 season – if then — before it’s ready for use.
“That was one of the negatives on the front end with this site,” McGarity said. “It’s a complex site. The other site, there was nothing to stop us out there. But that site was eliminated for a number of reasons. And regardless of where it went, there were going to be challenges from a site-development standpoint.”
I think that’s fine. Laying out notice now is the right way to deal with the situation. Besides, they’ll be able to show recruits the construction work as the place goes up, which is really what’s driving this $30 million decision anyway.