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.
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.