UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics proposed and received approval for a renovation plan to Foley Field on Thursday afternoon
Feb. 6, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia Athletic Association Board of Directors approved a $12 million expenditure for renovations of Foley Field during its quarterly meeting in Athens on Thursday afternoon.
The project is set to begin at the conclusion of the 2014 season and the project is anticipated to reach completion in time for Opening Day in the spring of 2015. The goal of raising $5 million dollars from fundraising alone has nearly been accomplished, and Georgia's J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity projects that this fundraising total will be surpassed.
"We are so close to that $5 million mark now, and we'll get there," said McGarity. "We're so close to being there right now. Our goal is to raise more than $5 million. We'd love to pay for the whole thing. That's going to be our ongoing goal. The club seats will also lead to an annual increase in revenue from baseball, too."
Included in the renovation project at Foley Field are updates to the seating and also to the press box area. McGarity noted that the baseball lettermen have responded in exceptional fashion with their respective contributions to the renovation project.
Along with the renovations at Foley Field, McGarity also proposed and received approval for updates and renovations to the swimming and diving locker rooms in the Ramsey Center, the fourth floor offices of Stegeman Coliseum and new game day uniforms for the Red Coat Marching Band.
McGarity continued by providing an update to the renovations that are currently underway at the Woodruff Football Practice Fields. The turf resurfacing is progressing as scheduled, a new wall is being constructed and the fields are expected to be completed and ready for use following the G-Day game in mid April.
Additionally, McGarity announced that the completion of renovations to the Stegeman Coliseum glass and the removal of the scaffolding is currently planned for May.
University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead highlighted the continuing academic success of Georgia's student-athletes, including a note of recognition for the freshman football class of 2006 that achieved a 100 percent graduation rate. Georgia was one of just four universities to achieve this feat for the 2006 class (joining Rice, Stanford and Tulane) and was the only public institution to do so.
UGA Director of CHAMPS/Life Skills Robert Miles spoke briefly on the `PAWS for Tomorrow' program that is underway in order to better help Georgia student-athletes in their preparations for life after collegiate athletics.
The program aims to serve as a career development component for student-athletes, while also acting in conjunction with the University's career center. `PAWS for Tomorrow' will provide yearly checkpoints to student-athletes, including tips for resume and cover letter writing, career self-assessments, important networking tips and job search strategies.