Tech trying to raise funds for indoor football facility

Georgia Tech’s Athletics Association has seen renderings and is in the process of raising funds to construct an indoor practice facility for the football team, according to associate athletics director Wayne Hogan. There is no timetable for the project, he said.

The facility, which has an estimated cost of $7 million, would be constructed to cover the turf portion of the two practice fields, commonly called Rose Bowl field.

Athletics Director Dan Radakovich, in his state of the athletics association speech earlier this year, said they were considering the facility, as well as another $7 million project to expand the indoor tennis courts. Donations are being pursued for that project, as well. Hogan said they would prefer not to finance either one. The costs have increased from the video’s upload date, which lists them as $5 million each.

The football structure would be permanent, and not an inflatable building that some professional and college teams use.

If constructed, the facility would be one in a recent series of upgrades for Tech’s sports teams. The men’s and women’s basketball teams moved into the $8.5-million Zelnak Center practice facility last season and the softball team is now playing at the $5-million Shirley Mewborn Field stadium. Of course, the big project is the $45 million renovation to Alexander Memorial Coliseum, scheduled to be complete for 2012-13 season.


The team had a light practice Wednesday afternoon in the last two-a-day for this month. Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said if the team practices well Saturday they will take Sunday off. It would be their first day off since practice started Aug. 5. … Tyler Morgan, a long snapper, was recently awarded a scholarship. Punter Chandler Anderson was awarded one during the spring.

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Yellow Fuzzy

August 18th, 2010
3:02 pm

I like to be humiliated.

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August 18th, 2010
3:12 pm

They need it so the players will stop melting their shoes on the turf.


August 18th, 2010
3:13 pm

Would be great for the 95 degrees August brings, and wouldn’t hurt with recruiting.


August 18th, 2010
3:15 pm

At this point I’m not sure it would help recruiting; it would just keep Tech from losing ground because everyone has them now.

Fire paul

August 18th, 2010
3:17 pm

First we need to pay off Paul Hewitt before we spend the $5 million on this


August 18th, 2010
3:20 pm

4th in the Coastal? Honestly, why are we being given so little credit? I keep hearing “They lost 4 of the greatest players”. BS! Case an point Derrick Morgan & Morgan Burnett. NEWS FLASH! OUR DEFENSE SUCKED WITH THEM LAST YEAR! How could it POSSIBLY be any worse? Jonathan Dwyer? Anthony Allen will fill his shoes just fine. Bebe? Yes he is a great receiver but we RARELY PASS. Plus he dropped plenty of passes last year so scratch that off. Our Offense should not miss a beat & our defense should be at LEAST marginally better than last year’s squad.


August 18th, 2010
3:21 pm

Oops! Sorry wrong thread.

Doug Roberson

August 18th, 2010
3:36 pm

The costs of the facilities are actually $7 million. The original blog said $5 million, but from the time of Radakovich’s address until now the costs have increased, bringing the football facility and tennis facility to $7 million each.

ty webb

August 18th, 2010
3:38 pm

Easy fundraising solution. Instead of calling it an indoor football facility, call it an indoor laser tag facility. The checks will fly in.


August 18th, 2010
3:42 pm

Relax GT Fans.

We are going to be SCARY good this year.

Count on it.

ty webb

August 18th, 2010
3:43 pm

from $5 to $7 million? Is that extra $2 million allocated to cover security for construction workers during the project?


August 18th, 2010
3:48 pm



August 18th, 2010
3:49 pm

It would be a crime against nature of GT had an indoor practice facility before UGA.

Buckhead Dawg

August 18th, 2010
3:49 pm

Just throw a tarp over the tiny stadium they got now

Jacket Fan

August 18th, 2010
4:17 pm

Why would DRad waste $45MM on the men’s BB program going nowhere when he could help Coach Johnson build the FB program?


August 18th, 2010
4:19 pm

Gone from 5mil to 7mil????????….While every other construction project has gone down over 20%


August 18th, 2010
5:03 pm

We have an indoor practice facility now…..It’s called the GEORGIA DOME…..Three minutes from the campus……Best in college football…..WTF…..Move on Fools…….

11-0-1 1990 National Champs

August 18th, 2010
5:05 pm

All the recent GT facilites upgrades are fantastic. Our programs are heading in the right direction. Go Jackets!

dogs – go suck a bone!

Dawgtards ruin this state

August 18th, 2010
5:06 pm

Is this what a real AD does, instead of being a drunka** thUGA womenizing dawgtard?


August 18th, 2010
5:26 pm

5-7 mill to cover 2 fields??? sounds like a urine colored butler building to me.


August 18th, 2010
5:44 pm

dawg power; are you reading this?


August 18th, 2010
5:54 pm

WOW!!!! UGA fans actually talking smack about GT building an indoor practice field. It touches me deeply though that you are so concerned with everything GT that you have to read every story and comment on it frequently. You would think a GT student could design it as a project, then pay UGA grads with pizza and beer to build it.

Tech Guy

August 18th, 2010
6:11 pm

This request for money comes from the same AD who paid a firm $250,000 because they sold new season football tickets, but the total number of season tickets sold are less than last year. Is that brillant or what?

Tokyo jacket

August 18th, 2010
6:21 pm

Tech Guy, seriously!?!?! Outsourcing ticket sales is very common. As dumb as our friends up 316 are, NO ONE could say they don’t know how to make money off of their football program. They got with the same firm a year after we did. DRAD is pretty much a genius. Once he figures out how to raise the millions needed to replace CPH, he’ll give him a performance ultimatum I’m sure.

I like the constant facilities upgrade. For a school of 14K, we’re doing very well for ourselves competing with schools of 30K in terms of factilities and capital investments.

Great job DRAD. Keep it up!


August 18th, 2010
6:26 pm

yellow jacket 75…..Bebe dropped plenty of passes????Wow what games are you watching. Some folks are just amazing!


August 18th, 2010
6:34 pm

You guys should be happy that we are building this. It can only help with recruiting to improve our facilities…quit being little girls. DRAD is a great AD, and he has support. Keep it up DRAD! Tech is improving all around under his guidance.


August 18th, 2010
6:39 pm

Mr. McGarity…we cannot allow an indoor football facility gap!!

Tokyo jacket

August 18th, 2010
6:41 pm

Paddy, in 75’s defense, he did have a few key drops in his career (LSU & UGA). That said, Bebe will be missed, but I believe his production will be replaced by Hill/Melton/Jones/Peebles/Wright and even Allen.


August 18th, 2010
7:20 pm

Tokyo, Thomas also had a big drop in the Clemson game in ‘08 but he made up for it in the last minute. He had the tendency to drop wide open passes of major significance.
-Indoor facility will help recruiting a little. The dome is used by GSU now so that is not available. We should borrow the money. Money is dirt cheap now.
-Hewitt can be bought off with one year’s worth of the ESPN money.
-Indoor football can be paid with another year.
-Tennis can be paid for with the next year.


August 18th, 2010
7:30 pm

If a Techie approaches me in a grocery store parking lot begging for money for this thing I’m calling the cops.

Yellow Fuzzy

August 18th, 2010
7:40 pm

I’m almost as concerned about this fund raising effort as I was about Mistress changing the safety word to “slap me”.


August 18th, 2010
8:01 pm

Well, just tell DRAD not to ask the Dallas Cowboys how to build it.

Dawgtards ruin this state

August 18th, 2010
8:08 pm

thUGA hired the same firm that built the collapsed cowboy’s facility, was the AD drunk? Oh as a matter of fact…..

James Wilder Jr

August 18th, 2010
8:25 pm

I was not impressed with UGA’s facilities.



PS: Go Noles


August 18th, 2010
8:25 pm

Dawgtards, thank you for making me laugh

Hey Dogtards

August 18th, 2010
8:47 pm

@ Tech Guy – “This request for money comes from the same AD who paid a firm $250,000 because they sold new season football tickets, but the total number of season tickets sold are less than last year. Is that brillant or what?”

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out the home schedule of Clemson, uga, Virginia Tech, UNC, and Wake will sell better than a schedule of Duke, Middle Tennessee State, Virginia, NC State, and Miami.

It’s worth the 250k just to sell nearly as many tickets as we did last year given the home schedule.


August 18th, 2010
8:58 pm

Its time for tek to fire their AD to see if they can get 89 applicants to replace the idiot they have in place.


August 18th, 2010
9:04 pm


Hey Dogtards

August 18th, 2010
9:26 pm


Tech definitely wouldn’t have an online application for their AD job like uga had for theirs.

Baldemar Huerta

August 18th, 2010
10:21 pm

I’m a drunken moron with a small peener who beats my wife. Go DAWGS!

Bug Zapper

August 18th, 2010
10:23 pm

Hey guys, just wrap up the tiny stadium you already have with plastic wrapping…..just a few rolls should cover the cost…….or maybe a giant tupperware lid!

Dawgtards ruin this state

August 18th, 2010
10:45 pm

AD – Just one more place GT has outdone our sleazy rival in Athens.

Chuckie D

August 18th, 2010
11:58 pm

Good protection against a possible drive-by shooting!


August 19th, 2010
1:23 am

It’s entertaining to see how obsessed the bulldogs are with Tech blogs. Perhaps your energy would be better served with worrying about your own fundraising – for student and staff bail money.

Matt the Brave

August 19th, 2010
8:08 am

Actually, I’m happy that Tech is doing this because maybe it’ll finally get the powers that be at UGA to approve an indoor practice facility there. It honestly makes no sense to me that either school doesn’t have this in place already. You would figure that you would want to protect your investments from heat.

Tech alum and employee

August 19th, 2010
8:50 am

People contribute to athletics, but not to the school! I love sports,played them all my life. But what people don’t realize is the athletic association is independent from the school. The school is cutting budgets, laying off people, increasing class sizes, reducing course offerings, etc., but building more athletic facilities.

Again, the money that comes in through athletics goes to the AA, not the school. How about raising more money for the educational mission of GT???


August 19th, 2010
9:10 am

Just remember Techies…

UGA grads everywhere….We teach your kids, We fill your prescriptions, We sell you insurance, We write your wills and help your dumbarse cousin with his DUI. We become invested in our towns and by our education become the community leaders. We are on the school board, county commission and run for the legislature. John went off to UGA and came back home. His brother Jim, you know the one who was so good with computers, went off to Tech and I hear he’s living out in California now. I like ol’ John…he helped me out that time.

So through the years the divide between Tech and the rest of the State grows….the more it goes to UGA, the more bitter and defensive the Tech fans get. We make cracks about empty seats and “Coke and hot dog” packages and the Tech guy lets loose on toothless rednecks, pizza delivery guys and then commits the ultimate faux pas by talking about money and salaries. If most of the state was watching this for a game of “Spot the D-Bag” they wouldn’t be pointing at the guy in red and black.

Professor Z

August 19th, 2010
10:09 am

As a former professor at Tech all I can say is – what a gigantic waste of money. The athletic foundation is an institutional cancer. The athletes should be playing somewhere professionally – none of the serious ones go to class – the graduation rates are held up by eastern european tennis players and golfers. A public educational institution wasting so much time, energy, and money on playing a children’s game is a joke.

4 jacks

August 19th, 2010
10:11 am

You are right Flagboy. Says a hell of alot about the education and idiots the permeate this state, and the politicans that came from that joke of a “university” that continue to rape our children of meaningful educations. Why? Well hell, anyone can get a degree fron UGAY, but remember the reason you stay or come home is that degree only works here in Georgia, because when you apply for a job, you are using it or giving refrence to it on your resume to another loser that has one just like you. Outside this state most people laugh at your drunken “university” and make jokes about it. Take your weak crap to your own board with all your inbred drunken cousins. All you did was show the ignorance that this state truly possess. Yeah you dogs own this state, that is why we are always at the bottom of education in this nation!