UGA football expands stadium with $80 million budget


Since Kirby Smart became coach before the 2016 season, this reflects more than $175 million in football facility upgrades the Bulldogs have experienced. Photo Credit: UGA Sports Communications

David Blanton

Georgia football plans to move into a new and massively improved facility so that there are more resources around them and safer for the coaches and players. The facility is being added to the existing Butts-Mehre athletics complex and is reported to be finished in mid to late April. Coming in at 165,000 square feet the facility will include a new 22,000 square-foot weight room, locker rooms, equipment rooms, nutrition, and sports medicine areas, and coaches’ offices when first moved into. The plan is to have the facility 75 percent complete by the time the players and coaching staff move in.

The coaches and players are planning on moving into the facility a week after the G-day game which is Apr. 17. The G-day is where Coaches and fans will get a first gameday-style glance at the new crop of Bulldog players, plus gauge where the returning players stand. It is to be noted that there will be a second phase of this new facility opening because when the players move into the new facility it will be only partially finished. Athletic director Josh Brooks says “So it’s timing up very well where we’ll get through spring ball and then move into those spaces.”

The second phase will include the introduction of additional offices, meeting rooms, and dining rooms. UGA Football fan Will Tribbick freshman at Roswell High School says “I think the facility is going to be great for the franchise. It will give players access to better training and better equipment.” Plan to see the second phase completed by Jan. 2022. On the fundraising side of this facility, it has been reported to be going well. Georgia’s development staff has raised roughly 70 percent of the total and it is coming mostly from the Magill Society Members. In conclusion, the facility should provide a new and safer environment (from Covid-19) for the players and coaches. Click here to see what benefits the new stadium will bring.