What has Dawg Nation All Fired Up This Spring?Posted on March 7, 2017
This spring has already been a big one for Georgia football – many former UGA greats highlighted the NFL combine and current players begin their spring practices later this month, however it is has been the new major announcements regarding the future of Sanford Stadium that has been garnering the headlines.
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’
Located less than 20 miles from Sanford Stadium, The Georgia Club is a community filled with Georgia Alumni and it is one of several subdivisions popping up across the country that give college pals an opportunity to move in next door to one another.
The community provides numerous things that appeal to all of the Dawg residents. A concierge will advice residents about campus events and shuttles to the games will be provided. The clubhouse, which is filled with sculptures of the Georgia Bulldogs’ mascot, Uga, and framed pictures of the stadium and campus, can be used to host a game watching parties and other fun events for the residents. There is even one building, a meeting hall that will be molded after the university’s Phi Kappa Hall.
For the residents of The Georgia Club, there is no shortage of Georgia football pride and it shows through in this community. Living close to all of the excitement, but still having the small town feel gives the residents the best of both worlds. Click Here to take a look at what the Georgia Club lifestyle has to offer.