What do you think of Stegeman Coliseum?

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the story on the changes coming to Stegeman.

I’m writing a story for Saturday’s paper on the $12 million makeover that Stegeman Coliseum will get before next basketball and gymnastics season -– wider, brighter concourses; soaring glass exterior walls; more restrooms and concessions stands; a modern look for a 47-year-old building.

So let me ask you a few questions if you don’t mind:

From what you’ve heard, what do you think of the planned changes?

What do you like, or not like, about Stegeman today?

Do you agree, or disagree, with the decision to spend $12 million on renovations rather than, say, $100 million on a new arena?

Or are you just concerned about the team on the floor?

Thanks for your input.

166 comments Add your comment

kevin

February 19th, 2010
12:33 am

i would rather have seen a new arena and a real investment from the ground up….

JB

February 19th, 2010
12:34 am

It will be great and is a very smart decision by the athletic board.

BigDawg

February 19th, 2010
12:37 am

Let the basketball team earn it like the football team does! Of course, the gymanastics team has done all they can do, with constant sell-outs!!

VolsRule

February 19th, 2010
12:44 am

went to the TN – UGA b-ball game at Stegman.

NOTHING wrong with the floor and seating arrangement – and the students and fans really rallied UGA to a surprising victory – very loud and extremely good crowd – your inside was too much for us to handle that night.

Besides that – the UGA fans next to us talked up the huge investment UGA made recently with the training facility – apparently – it is first class all the way

Outside- it does look dated – no need to spend $100Million – use the money on an indoor football practice facility or future football stadium expansion.

By the way – campus was beautiful.

observor

February 19th, 2010
12:44 am

I’ve been to Stegeman numerous times and it really isn’t that bad of an arena to watch a game. The seats are all comfortable and the view is very good. I think it is a very fashionable and lazy thing for people to say how bad it is.

Also, I don’t think it makes any sense to consider building a new state-of-the-art arena until the UGA fans show that they are committed to supporting this team and start selling out most of the games. Conversely, the team (and admin as well) has to step it up and prove that they are committed to being a consistent factor in the league and the NCAA as a whole. There is no logic in building a brand new arena until it is demonstrated that this one just wont satisfy the demand.

Also, the structure of Stegeman is very sound and has a lot of room for growth. It makes much more sense to spend 10 – 20 million upgrading the Steg to be modern then spending a fortune on a new arena when there is no reason to believe that the fans will suddenly start coming out in mass to attend a game based just on a new arena.

The Dubz

February 19th, 2010
12:50 am

It’s not the bad. Not the greatest, but not bad. As noted a few days ago, operating revenue for the UGAA is up to about $85 mil, so the opportunity to fund a new coliseum is definitely there. I think the administration is first holding off to see how the Fox experiment pays off in a few years (so fat so good, I think), to determine what else needs to be done to make UGA a top-tier SEC basketball program. However, the renovations scheduled, save for the maybe the glass interiors, will do nothing to entice top recruits to come to UGA. If anything, the more spread out, relaxed coliseum will hinder the game atmosphere.

Otis Campbell

February 19th, 2010
12:51 am

I swear I saw a few of Tech’s football recruits on the Russian ice dancing team.

Otis Campbell

February 19th, 2010
1:04 am

Come to think of it, that American boy with the funeral wreath on his head looked like a Techie too. I believe he’s seen a few up close, if you know what I mean.

Da Roun Circle

February 19th, 2010
1:11 am

Wooden started in a little gym and he got a long ways deep into the finals which showed him facilities arn’t the key.

UGA Men’s B-Ball needs to get some consistent top performances before big bucks are spent on a big facility. Gymnastics don’t justify a $100 mill, no tv contracts. Women’s B-Ball can’t pull a tv audience.

Put the bucks into the football program. That’s the money-maker.

NotSoPettyPetulia

February 19th, 2010
1:13 am

Does this mean that women will finally get the number of restroom stalls that they need? Why do men’s restroom have plenty of urinals and toilets while the women are forced to wait lengthy periods of time with bladder pains? There should be more toilets for women than there are urinals and toilets for men given the more inconvenient plumbing and privacy issues women face. Women remain second class citizens, even at sporting events. The same issue is true at Sanford Stadium and all sports facilities around the country. We’re supposed to be modern, kinder, and gentler, but this is how we get treated. If this matter doesn’t get addressed, women should eschew sporting events as a continuation of male chauvinism and should definitely not attend any games. If it cost a lot more money to comply in this fashion, then so be it. If men (athletic directors and school presidents) and the very few women who hold these positions refuse to act, then the women of the world should unite and boycott sporting events all together!!!! Now….what’s going to be done about it??????

Trip

February 19th, 2010
1:17 am

Thanks for the compliments VolsRule.

Ned Striker

February 19th, 2010
1:21 am

Zip it, Petulia! now back to the kitchen & fix me a snack!

Womanizer

February 19th, 2010
1:38 am

NotSoPettyPetulia:

Let’s be completely honest here. Out of the people who attend UGA athletic events (or most athletic events in the country) the majority are men. So why not have more restroom facilities for men than women? Also, consider how much longer it takes a woman to do business compared to a man, even with the same exact number of restroom facilites it is going to take a minute. Tell your fellow ladies to hurry up, rather than throw out the sexism card.

Scott

February 19th, 2010
2:56 am

Stegman is a dump. They used to have agricultural shows there and, lets face it, its been downhill ever since.

BuLLdawg

February 19th, 2010
3:41 am

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DECLINE IN UGA BULLDOGS’ FOOTBALL OVER THE LAST 4 YEARS

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29-06 Florida vs SEC teams the entire last 4 years

23-11 Alabama vs SEC teams the entire last 4 years

21-12 LSU vs SEC teams the entire last 4 years

20-12 GA vs SEC teams the entire last 4 years

http://football.stassen.com/cgi-bin/records/conference.pl?start=2006&end=2009&team=Alabama&team=Arkansas&team=Auburn&team=Florida&team=Georgia&team=Kentucky&team=LouisianaState&team=Mississippi&team=MississippiState&team=SouthCarolina&team=Tennessee&team=Vanderbilt

4th best team in The SEC over the Last 4 Years 2006 2007 2008 2009.

These OTHER SEC teams who are “WORSE” than Coach Richt have WON the National Championship EVERY YEAR.

4TH Best team in our Own Conference over the LAST FOUR YEARS.

That is what I am concerned about, not about how Damon Evans can clean up a pig, put a ribbon on its tail, spray it with perfume, but it’s still just a pig.

TheNumber34

February 19th, 2010
6:23 am

The most impactful and meaningful change would be to lower the floor and bring the seating closer. This is what was done at Tech, and while I detest everything about Tech, the renovation of the ‘Big T’ was done well.

Stegeman could also use more lighting in the upper seating area and the ceiling.

Lastly, the lazy folks in Athens could get off their sofas and go support the team. I drive from Atlanta for EVERY home game, and on weekday games, this can be a two hour(one way) process.

Other than these things, I’m in favor of the changes as have been announced.

NorthStarsDave

February 19th, 2010
6:31 am

It’s better than Tech’s…

Big time?? Not

February 19th, 2010
6:40 am

Been going to Stegman since it was built. When we have winning teams, it is packed, exciting, and loud. Changes are good. Fox will have us and Stegman back rockin….

Bulldog59

February 19th, 2010
6:52 am

Have you seen what Tennessee has done with the renovations to Neyland Stadium? Have you been to or seen Thompson-Boling Arena at UT? This is the minimum UGA has to do to have our facilities appeal to recruits. I’d prefer a new arena, which would require a new location, but we need to continue to renovate and EXPAND Sanford Stadium. Winning football programs generate increased income that is shared by ALL sports!

1980 Dawg

February 19th, 2010
6:58 am

If you watch a UGA basketball game on TV, you see lots of empty seats in the front five rows. By an employee in the UGA ticket office, I was told those seats are empty because those season tickets were sold to Kentucky and Tennessee fans who don’t mind paying $225 per ticket to see their games. I also understand that there are more UGA season ticket holders from Kentucky and Tennessee than are actual UGA fans, which results in the first five rows being empty most of the time. If this is indeed true, I would like to see the UGA Athletic Department move the obvious non-Georgia season ticket holders to the rafters, and move the students down to the first five or six rows. This would make a much better impression to a TV audience (more so than showing so many empty front row seats), make Stegeman a more fun place to play and watch basketball, and also attract better recruits. All of the aforementioned would ultimately result in what UGA’s Athletic Department seems to value more than anything else, the almighty dollar!

AltamahaDawg

February 19th, 2010
7:11 am

Thomson-Boling is a municipal arena, also used and supported other events in a city about 4 times the size of Athens.
And you know, how nice is it really? Or the O’ center? Or the majority of college arenas across the nation?

Plus what exactly is it, specifically, physical, functionally, that people think everybody else seems to have that Stegeman doesnt? I agree that its just become fashionable and lazy to complain about Stegeman.

Buckhead Bulldog

February 19th, 2010
7:11 am

VolsRule….Thanks for the classy comments!

Stegeman….use some of the money to get the cow stentch outta there, please. : )

Go Dogs Sic’ ‘em

James

February 19th, 2010
7:19 am

The place needs to be blown up. It’s
old. Build a new arena in the same place.
Play games at the Gwinnett Center for a year.
So. Carolina built their new place in 18
months. It’s one of the nicest in the country.
Georgia will never be taken as a serious
Basketball School until we do. Recruits know
this and will continue to go out of state or
over to North Ave. Trade School.

Will

February 19th, 2010
7:28 am

I am old enough to have watched the Bulldogs play in Woodruff Hall, a very small ballyard with balconies hanging over the lower seating area. I also attended the second game ever played in Stegman, a win over a good Vandy team with All-American Clyde Lee. I always go to games against UT, UF, UK, tech, Vandy and any nonconference game of import (e.g., St. Louis this year and Purdue, Texas, UNC, Missouri and Wisconsin in years past).

Stegman was greatly improved when the stage was removed and additionl seats added but, if UGA is to ever move forward as an annually competitive SEC program, a new ballyard will be needed.

New, not bigger – sort of like what Auburn is doing with their splendid new gym that will open next year. A more intimate setting with all the bells and whistles that add to the entertainment value of attending events there.

Until then, UGA needs to pep up the pre-game and half-time entertainment and use the ole noggin to get more people in the stands. For example, why not have promotions like Band Day, Middle School Basketball Day and Straight A Grades Day for games that are not likely to draw big crowds.

F-105 Thunderchief

February 19th, 2010
7:33 am

Upgrading the current facility is the smart thing to do. It needs an update, but is a fine facility.

Sorry, 1980 Dawg...

February 19th, 2010
7:36 am

…but what the “UGA ticket office” told your friend is a crock. It costs much more than the $225 price per seat for a season ticket to get those seats. You have to make contributions to the Bulldog Basketball Fund in order to be eligible to even buy those season tickets. And, I believe the minimum contribution is $100 – $250 per seat. Hence, if those UT and KY fans have been contributing for a long time, it will cost them at least $325, and it is really much more than that.

I am in the top 10 percent of the Bulldog Basketball Fund contributors, and though I give much more than the minimum amount to the fund I have not been able to move down from my last row of the lower section despite my continued contributions and level of contribution.

So, quit pandering to rumors.

Regarding the Steg, the still need to move the court to the CENTER of the building – this will allow for more seating and allow the students to be on both ends of the floor, thus allowing the paying public a chance to have those sideline seats the students now get. That would be a win for all involved. The rest of the renovations will be sufficient as the building will look brand new once they get the glass siding in place.

Dawgman

February 19th, 2010
7:51 am

Here we are one of the most profitable athletic programs in the country and we do a makeover on the basketball arena. USC makes less than we do and they have a beautiful 18K coliseum that fills up for a lot of SEC games (ask KY) and hosts a lot of other entertainment events. So does Stegeman fill that competitive void? No because UGA could care less about basketball. If Fox does well, he’ll leave.

sj

February 19th, 2010
7:52 am

I was there from 1966 -1970 and I went to several events. If I recall, it was only full when Ray Charles came to perform and Pete Maravich came to play. Pete’s Dad was the coach and most of the LSU team was white so they all looked like Pete, especially since they warmed up in their warm-up jerseys so you couldn’t see their number and they all had the same long moppy haircut. You were forced to look at them all and try to guess which one was Maravich. Great strategy by his Dad. Ray Charles gave a wonderful concert that exploded when he sang ‘Georgia’……those were the years…sigh….anyway, why build something too expensive unless you expect to routinely fill it?

Topp Dogg

February 19th, 2010
8:00 am

ITS A DUMP ANY QUESTIONS, FOOTBALL MAKES UGA NOT BASKETBALL THANK GOD.

UGA98

February 19th, 2010
8:01 am

I graduated in the building. Tear. Knock it down.

SuperB

February 19th, 2010
8:01 am

As both Duke and N. C. State have proven, a new building is not that important. The Blue Devils play
in the smallish, but renovated Cameron. State had the storied Reynolds Coliseum, but built the RBS Center (the best arena in CBB.) They haven’t won there. So Georgia should remodel Stegeman and stay put. A new arena will not increase winning, Stegeman is in the middle of campus and a unique building.

GW

February 19th, 2010
8:20 am

Sure a new facility would be nice but improving Stegeman is good enough. Build a winning program and sellout Stegeman for 5-6 years straight and then talk about a new place. I don’t think recruits care about wide concourses and fancy concessions. The practice facility is brand new.

kydawg

February 19th, 2010
8:20 am

How many does Stegeman hold? Maybe get a new arena when sell-outs happen every game. Or is that the case now? I’ve only been to Stegeman once and that was two years ago…there were maybe 2000 at the game. I’m glad to see excitement and attendance on the rise!

Bob Sacamano

February 19th, 2010
8:30 am

Just pick and roll.

virginia dog

February 19th, 2010
8:31 am

My father would say that the Steg is a better building than the teams we have put in it. i would say bring the seats down to the floor and put the students on the floor.
duke and Ga tech play in fire traps and they seem to prosper. so the steg will do until things change. as far a the gym dogs. my 7 year old makes more money selling girl scout cookies than they have in the last 20 years.

Call It Like It Is

February 19th, 2010
8:32 am

It’s a DUMP!

Enough Said!

GA Packer

February 19th, 2010
8:32 am

SuperB is correct. As NCSU found out (I am an alum) on campus basketball is the best. Lots is lost when it moves off campus no matter how nice the arena is. I recently went to games at both Stegman and Alexander. UGA and Tech have right with the games remaining on campus. I enjoyed both games and the atmosphere around them. So guys, keep the on campus facilities and invest enough in them to keep them viable. This is a good thing that both leadership universities have in common.

Gainesville Dawg

February 19th, 2010
8:34 am

Is the renovation going to include a rail between each section in the lower level? There is only one, next to the band. So many people need this. I was told by one of the ushers that the aisle must meet fire code, so they cannot add rails. This usher said they have even voiced their concerns with this. Maybe the renovation will address this.
Go, Dawgs!!! Go, Mark Fox!!!

SickandTired

February 19th, 2010
8:39 am

Here’s the thing. All the renovations in the world will do nothing but as the previous poster noted “put lipstick on a pig.” Georgia doesn’t want to commit to having a great basketball program. There are tons of talented players in the high school programs in this state. Yet Georgia does not want it to appear to be spending money of significance on anything but football. Here take the new facade to make it look better and shut up basketball people. We need some more seats in Sanford Stadium for a football program that hasn’t really done anything of significance in the last sixty years except for one shining moment in 1980. We need more seats to put more people in the stands to witness mediocrity by a coach and program that squanders investment year after year. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm I can still sniff that cow manure from visiting there in the 60’s.

Ferndolin

February 19th, 2010
8:48 am

I think it could use an upgrade. It was built when I was in high school and actually played on it in the 60s when it also served as the AG shows. I think the glass exterior with enlarged concourses will be a great improvement.

Band Kid's Perspective

February 19th, 2010
8:50 am

I personally like Stegeman, it’s always fun to play there. I am however excited about the renovations and seeing what kinds of crowds we can bring into the updated stadium. As long as they keep those comfortable seats!

And thanks for the legitimate comment VolsRule, I’m often taken aback by rival fans comments. Come to think of it, there are some gems from our own court too. At any rate, thanks for being classy.

Once a Dawg, Always a Dawg,
How sweet it is!!!

CorchFox

February 19th, 2010
8:52 am

I think The Steg is a pile of dung. They need to tear that place down and start over. It will still look like crap because the building is so ugly. At least they are trying to do something to make that eyesore look better though. Still say we need a new arena.

athdog

February 19th, 2010
8:54 am

The age of the Steg is what makes it great. The old, dated design with the rounded roof causes the sound to reflect right back onto the floor when the place is rockin. Coach Fox is, gradually, building the place back to a noise/interest level we haven’t seen since before Harrick went bad. Give him a couple of recruits and the ‘Fox Den’ will fill up…we’ve just got to make sure we keep the best thing to hit Ga basketball since Tubby.

Paul Finebaum

February 19th, 2010
8:57 am

I have been to all SEC basketball arenas and Stegman is a total hole-in-the-road. While you cannot be anywhere as great as Alabama a new arena would be an upgrade also change those road uniforms. They are an embarassment to the SEC.

Ferndolin

February 19th, 2010
8:58 am

James –

I dissagree that the Stegeman Colliseum impacts recruitment. The basketball program is what draws good athletes (see Camden Indoor), and Mark Fox is on the road to the promised land.

AltamahaDawg

February 19th, 2010
9:05 am

Again, stop comparing municipal arenas that are built in city multiple times larger than Athens to accomodate various events.

Apples and Oranges. UGA is simply NOT going to be able to build a huge expensive municipal auditorium and get help paying for it with Monster trucks and Jimmy Buffet concerts that compete with the Atlanta venues.

In three more years

February 19th, 2010
9:05 am

Let’s give Coach Fox about three more years and hopefully by then, he will have a very solid basketball PROGRAM. If that happens, he AND a new arena could be sort of like a package deal to address UGA BB into the long term future.

Lock him up to a world class deal in 2013 and also make the $$$ announcement for year 2014 or 15 to OPEN the new arena. THAT would be the way to go. It would take two years to construct? Ask some jackets some where how long to build it.

If Fox can consistently go 22-8 and at least go to the March Madness twice in yeards 2012 and 13, then we ought to make this move. Even if UGA does not win the SEC ………..but we become very respectable, then we really should make this deal to keep him and quality BB around for many years at UGA.

The alums would step in and committ.

collegeballfan

February 19th, 2010
9:08 am

Mr. Tucker with all due respect, how would UGA fans have a clue about Stegeman? None of them have ever been in the place. Well, OK, maybe 7% of the UGA fans have been in Stegeman.

AltamahaDawg

February 19th, 2010
9:10 am

sickandtired, can you settle on if you are going to pretend to be an inside Dawg fan, or if you are going to be an outside rival lecturing us? This back and forth is hard to keep track of.

WonderDawg

February 19th, 2010
9:10 am

BuLLdawg, do you ever have a good day? Do you ever feel …optimistic? Jeez, you are a sourpuss.