In exciting news for all Georgia football fans, UGA unveiled plans today for a new West End Zone Project.
Sanford Stadium is going to be undergoing some major construction soon that should make the iconic venue even better. According to the Georgia football official website improvements will include:
- 120,000 square ft of new and improved space.
- Brand new, state of the art locker rooms for the home team.
- A brand new room to entertain prospects during visits.
- A larger video board.
- And an improved plaza for fans.
UGA tweeted out some projected pictures and they look pretty awesome:
UGA Athletic Director gave the following quotes in the official release statement:
"‘’This project is unique to Georgia and to Sanford Stadium. It really focuses on the locker room and the recruiting space, which will be usable by so many units of the university at certain times. It also covers many areas of fan amenities: rest rooms, concession points of sale opportunities. I think for those of us that lived through Reed Alley in its original form — and now Reed Plaza — they can see what a tremendous impact it has had on the fans’ experience. I believe that this project will have a similarly positive effect on the fans that enter Sanford Stadium from the west end.’’"
Construction of the new facilities are expected to take 17 months and so will likely have to start in April 2017 to be ready for the beginning of the 2018 season. That seems to be the target date the administration is setting right now so we can expect to see a big fundraising push to raise the required $63 million as quickly as possible.
It will be interesting to see how this news is received by fans. Construction throughout the 2017 season could be disruptive for many fans but the long term positives should outweigh the short term negatives. What is very clear is that the administration is continuing to open its purse strings and give Kirby and the football program the very best to win championships at UGA. That’s a commitment all Bulldog fans will be excited to see.