The state Board of Regents has approved an $80 million renovation and expansion of the University of Georgia’s football facilities.
The nonprofit corporation that runs UGA’s NCAA sports programs, the UGA Athletic Association, would be responsible for the costs of the renovation and expansion project at UGA’s Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall and for operating costs once construction concludes.
The project’s first phase of 109,600 square feet would include a new football locker room and new offices and conference rooms for football coaches, new sports medicine areas and a new strength and conditioning room…
“The Building’s football facilities have fallen behind current standards in the highly competitive Southeastern Conference, resulting in a sense of urgency to deliver this project to enhance recruiting efforts and competitiveness,” according to an explanation of the project submitted to the Regents for Tuesday’s meeting. [Emphasis added.]
Constantly chasing others is what you get when your athletic department is led by someone who cares more about sustaining a reserve fund than doing the hard work to put together a facilities master plan. And if you think this development would have happened outside of Smart pushing for it, you’re in denial. But, sure, something something Mark Richt, if that makes you feel better.