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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