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Post Dawgs choose Butts-Mehre expansion over indoor facility

Tuesday September 26, 2006

The Banner-Herald reported over the weekend that the athletic association has decided on some priorities. Instead of a seldom-used hood ornament of an indoor football facility, the program will instead opt for an expansion (possibly a vertical expansion) of the Butts-Mehre administration building. The expansion will serve the football program in more practical everyday ways:

The expansion will give the football team a bigger weight room, more space for the team to watch videos, a bigger training room and office space, Evans said. It also will mean a larger meeting room for special events. The large meeting room in Butts-Mehre is too small for some events, Evans said.

Coach Richt has made no secret of his desire for an indoor facility to salvage practice time during inclement weather, but even he is on board with the relative priority of the projects. “After seeing other schools’ facilities, UGA football coach Mark Richt said he’d rather have the Butts-Mehre expansion than the indoor football field.”

It’s also worth noting that the expansion project will be paid for in cash and not financed. “We’re not looking to issue any more debt,” said Damon Evans.

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