Athletic Board takes up Stegeman Coliseum, Sanford Stadium changes Wednesday

While much of Bulldog Nation will be obsessing over Signing Day, the board of directors of the UGA Athletic Association will have other things on its mind.

The board will hold its regular quarterly meeting in Athens Wednesday afternoon, and the highlights could be decisions on changing the face of Stegeman Coliseum and adding a large plaza behind the north stands of Sanford Stadium.

The board, which last fall approved $1.9 million for design work on the projects, will see schematics, hear the price tag and a financing plan, and decide whether to proceed.

Frank Crumley, UGA’s executive associate athletics director, said Tuesday that the plans are similar to what was outlined at the board’s fall meeting.

– For Stegeman Coliseum: an expanded and renovated concourse and a new modern glass façade. As described at the fall meeting, the coliseum’s outer walls would be moved out as far as the “hat rim” roof overhangs the current structure, creating almost 10,000 square feet of additional concourse space with more restrooms and concession stands.

– For Sanford Stadium: a new plaza in the Reed Alley area on the stadium’s north side. The plaza would have restrooms, concession stands and giant video screens. The idea  is to make the area part of the stadium on game days but leave it open to campus on other days.

Crumley declined Tuesday to reveal the estimated costs of the projects, saying he did not want to make the numbers public before they are presented to the board.

Also on Wednesday’s agenda: the annual report from the Athletic Association’s auditors.

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Four months after the Athletic Board voted to keep the Georgia-Florida football game in Jacksonville through 2016, a formal contract continues to be hammered out.

Crumley attributed the protracted process to the three parties -– the two schools and the city of Jacksonville — deciding to make the contract more detailed than in the past. As one example, he said, the contract will stipulate not just how many parking spots each school gets but exactly where they will be located.

“We’ve whittled down to maybe a handful of things we’re still talking about,” Crumley said. “There are no deal breakers in it at all. . . .   It’s just all [about] language. . . . It’s going to have a lot of minutiae in there.”

He guessed that the contract will be finalized in another couple of months. There’s no big rush, since the previous contract runs through this year’s game.

45 comments Add your comment

smith30

February 2nd, 2010
11:16 pm

smith30

February 2nd, 2010
11:19 pm

Hopefully they will renovate stegman. i was looking at the top players in georgia for the next couple of years and they are all going out of state to good basketball schools in the big east and the acc. we need to keep those kids to stay in state

Lloyd Christmas

February 3rd, 2010
1:09 am

13753624th!!!

MESSENGER

February 3rd, 2010
5:51 am

How are they going to work on the Cow Palace, the Stegosaurus, and play the sports that are in there when what is needed in the first place is a properly designed facility somewhere else from the ground up so that we can compete in the sports that are to be held in it.

This is going to be a very poor recruiting class for UGA. At this point, we are ranked the Number 15 Scout.com and the Number 16 Rivals.com recruiting class in football in the nation, by far the worse recruiting class for UGA. We have added some recent commitments and the recent commitments are just warm bodies with none of the recent commitments impact players and none of the recent commitments the holes we all see so glaringly. We started this recruiting class off right. We need to have some big good surprises today, such as a top running back, a tall fast secondary, a tall fast wide receiver, a great linebacker, and a another defensive tackle.

What is going on in our Bulldogs’ Football Program 4 of the 5 now current years ? 3 of the last 4 years have been huge disappointments, and now we start this season like this. The recruits we did not get on offense are an indictment on the coaching staff for Coach Richt’s Offense. It is going to be a long year, and this then makes it 4 of the last 5 years that we will have a long year.

Sad.

We have 7 of our recruit commitments who are not considered very highly at their position, nor even as football athletes in the state they are from. This is a bad recruiting class, and it will be written that it is a bad recruiting class.

It is the worst recruiting class of the Coach Richt Era by a long long long long way.

We are officially in decline.

Brad

February 3rd, 2010
6:43 am

Messenger, are you upset because some 18 year old premadonna with an appostrophie in his name decided to go to college somewhere else? It will all be o.k. Messenger, relax.

Circus Act

February 3rd, 2010
6:59 am

Too bas UGA is now sucking hind tit with Vandy in the SEC East. SC has anew baseball facility , a nice basketball arena and now proceeding stadium expansion that will be second largest in the SEC. I guess the Stegasoraus will be an attractive place to go and watch the diving mules act. Those clowns in Athens need to save their money and hire competent coaches who can win championships first before concentrating on brick and mortar !

Circus Act

February 3rd, 2010
7:02 am

“too bad”

bad brad

February 3rd, 2010
7:07 am

I would like to see some sort of expansion to the concourses on the upper decks @ Sanford. Way too narrow and not enough restrooms & concessions available. Lines waiting to pee are way too long and space between urinals so narrow, must have been designed by a Tech nerd.

The Stegesaurus...

February 3rd, 2010
7:14 am

…upgrade to the facade will help immensley(sp). Now, if they will also widen the inside the arena parapet (walkway), and, especially, move the court to the CENTER of the arena, then they will have accomplished a major improvement to an already OK, though old, arena. Much like Clemson and Tech did with their renovations years ago.

Jim

February 3rd, 2010
7:29 am

I totally agree with Brad. I’m surprised to have never heard anything about them upgrading the concourses. Sanford Stadium’s upper deck concourses are almost as bad as Neyland Stadiums. When is UGA going to take some cues from other SEC programs and put some money into improving these like the ones at Auburn or Alabama.

AthDog

February 3rd, 2010
7:29 am

Whoa, boys. These kids are 18, and have mostly been adored since they were around 11. Guys like Pollack, Thomas Davis, etc…were not considered major recruits, and they turned out okay. The Rogers kid would not qualify anyway, according to the modern bible, a.k.a. the internet.
Lots of kids changed their minds because of the switch to the 3-4 and Grantham got here too late to start the process for finding new kids. Excuses? Maybe. But for every five star AJ Green that pans out as planned you have several, well, I won’t mention their names because they are still young men in their thirties or late twenties and it would do no good to dishonor them, but we know several that don’t pan out every year. Don’t worry, it’ll be fine.

Cherokee

February 3rd, 2010
7:35 am

MESSENGER ……….do we need to call the guys in white jackets for you??? my lord it is a sport played by 18-21 year old’s. They will change their minds. It will be fine it is not the end of the world.

JB

February 3rd, 2010
7:51 am

The only thing wrong with our recruiting is that Richt sells reality and the others sell pie in sky.
We ARE signing players that have offers from the big boys. let’s hope Coach Grantham brings a new attitude and improvement to that side of the Ball. Getting blown out by a very average Tennessee team and not competitive against Florida again and losing to Kentucky did not sit well with any of us. Mark knows this. He is on a warm seat, not hot, but if we melt down 3 or 4 times this year again, changes will be in store for this football progam.

Dawg Fan

February 3rd, 2010
8:01 am

UGA needs to expand seating Sanford Stadium!!! The expanded area for restrooms and concourse space is also needed and will be nice. Right now over 10,000 ticket orders per season are being turned down. Currently Sanford Stadium seats almost 93,000. That newest upper deck (in the stratoshpere) section could be extended and wrap around the east end of the stadium until it meets the skyboxes on the south end.

FactChecker

February 3rd, 2010
8:07 am

Circus, I get your point, but, per williamsbrice.com, that SC stadium expansion, while quite nice, will put WBS at 88,000, NOT making it the 2nd largest in the SEC. It would move to the middle of the pack, behind UT, Bama (before their current expansion), UGA, LSU, and UF. It would be just ahead of Auburn, and ahead of UK, MSU, Arky, Ole Miss, and Vandy.

Dawg Fan

February 3rd, 2010
8:07 am

David Pollack was only a 3-star recruit and he turned out to be one of the greatest Dawgs of all-time and will soon be in the College Football Hall of Fame.

Terry Hoage was the last player offered in his class (Herschel’s recruiting class) and Hoage may have not even received more than a 1 star rating. He is now in the College Football Hall of Fame and played 12 years in the NFL.

Superior coaching will win a lot of games! We have been wasting a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball during the Martinez era. I am optimistic that Todd Grantham will change that. Great defenses do more to win championships than great offenses.

JB

February 3rd, 2010
8:11 am

Lesson learned: Tech closed in an END Zone section because 15,000 empty seats look better than 30,000. They didn’t have a very good product or a decent size fan base.
We have too much money and too many blue chip players in Georgia not be fighting for the game in the dome every year ( SEC Title game). I’ve been told that the players in Georgia are being told that Georgia is not a program that will put you in a position for the title game or a NC and what have they won lately. This comes from a friend of mine’s Who lives in Snellville who has a son being recruited at LB. Was told we were the Ole Miss of the East.

Flowery Branch Dawg

February 3rd, 2010
8:11 am

I’ve been to Auburn and Tennessee and was not impressed with their facilities. While large their stadiums just seem much cheaper than Sanford Stadium.

Dr. Phil

February 3rd, 2010
8:48 am

I wonder which friends of Adams and Sonny will get the contract?

Dr. Sigmund Football

February 3rd, 2010
8:59 am

Messenger, I prescribe 500 mg of reality. Take daily, along with a morning and evening walk. Fishing on the weekends will also help clear of these delusions of disaster.

JasonT

February 3rd, 2010
9:09 am

Hey Circus, tell me the championships South Carolina has won. Thanks, I couldn’t think of any either.

Dostoyevskiy

February 3rd, 2010
9:35 am

If UGa drops any further in sports, the University will close its doors. For what other reason does it exist?

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

February 3rd, 2010
9:35 am

They should add some trash cans in that plan so the fans won’t leave tons of litter on the campus when they leave. That’s not respecting the campus just like painting a little dog’s a$$ is not respecting the mascot.

Saint Augustine

February 3rd, 2010
9:37 am

Not a pretty sight at the Butt Smehre building this morning.

Florida # 1 Class (Nationally!)
Georgia # 17 Class (7th in SEC)

See you in Jax for more of the same!

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Jim

February 3rd, 2010
10:25 am

Some of you people act like football is a religious cult. Get a life, go fishing, walk your dog, or call your doctor and get something for your nerves.

Michael

February 3rd, 2010
11:02 am

I think adding seats on the back end of the horseshoe at Sanford would be good. It adds capacity without closing up the “train tracks” side.

MA

February 3rd, 2010
11:30 am

Interesting that the athletic board is meeting today to approve the Sanford plans, considering that they were blasting in the Reed Alley corridor last week (after 3:30 on most days), which was supposed to be for that project.

Tom

February 3rd, 2010
11:57 am

Stegeman is due for an upgrade. But does the basketball program really deserve it? They haven’t done well in years!

No more expansion to Sanford. Im firmly convinced my yearly “contribution” goes to the stadium, or players to leave early, or Adams’ back pocket. The city of athens could implement an alcohol tax to pay for the construction and clean up after game days.

Instead of wondering how to jam more people into the stadium, concentrate on the trash and drunken problems.

HillDawg

February 3rd, 2010
12:07 pm

The men’s restroom back of Section 127 is the same as it was 40 years ago. By half-time it is a disgrace. How does the Health Dept. not have it condemned? How can a school of higher learning have such a place? Why can’t it be like the nice clean one with paper towels back of the west end-zone? It is a $450,000,000 complex with an outhouse!

ozzfest

February 3rd, 2010
12:17 pm

THE BOARD SPENT $1.9M TO GET A DEMONSTRATION ON HOW A WRECKING BALL WORKS?…..cause that is the best solution for The Stegasaurus…go old school like Tech did back in the ’20’s….have the students build a new arena.

Old Dawg

February 3rd, 2010
12:56 pm

The staff said from the beginning that their focus would be on the defensive side of the ball this year and that’s what they did. As for the change in kids’ minds, firing the defensive staff didn’t help any because that’s who they had relationships with. The Rogers signing could have gone either way, but it isn’t the end of the world.

If you pay attention to the way these things go, many of these kids will never produce the way everyone expected them to and some will end up being much better than expected.

Walton Dog

February 3rd, 2010
1:38 pm

When will Damen and Frank and Mikey decide to spend money on a new stadium for Perno and the Diamond Dogs. Foley is a laughing stock among the SEC stadiums. It smells badly! The restrooms have mold growing in them! The concession areas are too limited and small. Give the area that Foley is on to football for an indoor practice field. Build a new Foley out near the girls complex on So. Milledge! More parking, bigger seating area. Our team has been playing great recently under Dave! It is time to reward the baseball players, fans, and coaches!

Cobb Jacket

February 3rd, 2010
1:43 pm

Finally getting around to adding restrooms to that stadium. Glad to hear it, will the outhouses be converted to classrooms, or office space for staff? Remind me, was that toilet bowl named for Fred or Lamont?

reservoirDAWG

February 3rd, 2010
1:48 pm

Based on Boby Dodd Stadium, Sanford is a palace.

dan

February 3rd, 2010
1:57 pm

Too many questions about the Bulldog program, hence the poor class. With that being said, UGA does have a favorable schedule this year. If they finish below 8-4, then the problem is Richt.

I definitely think Stegeman should take priority over Sanford. We could hold off on the additions to Sandford for a few years, but Stegemen badly needs a make over.

1eyedJack

February 3rd, 2010
2:07 pm

At least we don’t have to cry over that pitiful roster of midgets Tech just signed.

Cobb Jacket

February 3rd, 2010
2:16 pm

1eyedJack, exactly what did the #4 recruiting class get you guys last year? Independence Bowl Champs. Bet that looks great on a t-shirt. You guys will be looking for a new coach within two years, Richt is a nice guy, just not a great football coach. Seems happy with mediocrity, kept Martinez around for at least two years longer than he should have. That attitude will cost him badly.

Dean

February 3rd, 2010
2:18 pm

Messenger, get off the boards, pay attention in class and learn how to write.

reservoirDAWG

February 3rd, 2010
2:24 pm

Well said Chicken Little.

Chicken Little

February 3rd, 2010
2:26 pm

The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Get a grip! ESPN rates the class #10 but even if it is only 15 or 16, so what? We lost no starters on offense except for quarterback, and we have several highly regarded recruits battling for the job. Defense is the question mark but all agree that Grantham should do a much better job there than Martinez. There are over a hundred other Div 1 programs whose recruiting class ranked below Georgia and as many have already pointed out, 5 star recruits dont always pan out and you never know what 2 or 3 star recruit may prove to be a future hall of famer. Get a life folks. Look what Fox is doing with the basketball program without the benefit of a great recruiting class. Have faith, dawg fans.

Blind Homers Club

February 3rd, 2010
2:42 pm

LOL yeah thats right UGA will be fine….. heard that last year… get real people UGA is a sinking ship just wait and see when UGA loses to SC, Tenn. Auburn and Florida next year not including another upset to a weak sister school. Mark it down

Nashville Dawg

February 3rd, 2010
4:27 pm

Some of you people just like to hear yourselves talk. Saying UGA is doomed and a sinking ship is just nonsense – as if you are the new Nostradamus of the century.

If the ship is sinking, which I doubt, grab a lawn chair and a cooler and park yourself in Athens on gameday for the best dang sinking that could ever be. And by the by, if it doesn’t sink, then you can slink back to Broad and enjoy one of the many fine drinks that all tell you we GATA!!!

reisengTomh

August 5th, 2010
9:24 am

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