The University of Georgia's football program is fixing to have one of the nation's best recruiting tools. No, it isn't an addition to the coaching staff: those changes are too recent to need any kind of upgrade. And the players the Bulldogs are looking to sign for the Class of 2011 are stacking up nicely, but this recruiting tool is going to be a permanent address.
It's the Butts-Mehre building.
For years now, the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall, home to Georgia's football offices, weight room, meeting rooms and ticket office, has been adequete, but by no means flashy. However, upgrades long in the planning are finally coming to fruition.
Georgia beat writer David Hale does a great job blogging about Georgia's new football complex at macon.com.
My biggest question when looking at these pictures is what does a project like this cost? According to Hale, the price tag is $40 million. Half of that will be paid for by donations from fat cat alumni. The other half is paid for with 20-year bond sales.
The renovations will add 70,000 square feet to the facility and spruce up 40,000 feet of space previously in use. The biggest addition is a multi-purpose indoor room that can be used for banquets, camps and double as an indoor practice field when it rains, which happens from time-to-time in the fall.
I think the coolest thing mentioned is the fact Bulldogs coach Mark Richt will have a balcony overlooking the practice field: his view out onto his empire. Hale posted plenty of pictures of the project, which is still far from completion, but when complete is supposed to be one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the country.
Already, prospects are being taken inside to see construction to get a taste of what the facility will look like. The Bulldogs can only hope that having such fancy quarters for football will bring in the pick of the litter.
Hey Lewis, my blog space isn't the place to comment about my grammar. I'm just as likely to go on a tangent talking about how a cold mountain dew after a long run is the greatest thing on the planet. That and why there isn't an Old-Timers game during the All-Star break anymore.