University of Georgia Football Expands Training Facility and Announces Sanford Stadium Project

The University of Georgia football program continues its 2021-2022 national championship season by completing an expansion of its training facility. Immediately after completing the training facility, the school wasted no time in announcing a $68.5 million improvement to the south side of Sanford Stadium.

With 136,300 square feet of new space and 28,700 square feet of renovated space, the Butts-Mehere Heritage Hall Sports Headquarters now has three floors of what the program calls high-performance training experiences.

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“The football training room at Heritage Hall has been completely transformed into a premier training facility focused on the success of football students,” says Brian Berg, senior project manager for architect HOK. “The facility celebrates the rich history of the program and positions Georgia’s student athletes for future success on and off the field.”

At the field level, the design features a new dressing room with a central and private player lounge, equipment room, plunge pool and nutrition bar. A player corridor between the rooms is connected to the indoor practice field and two adjacent outdoor practice fields. The corridor was clad in wood tones, metal detailing, and large format video displays that highlighted Georgia grads who went on to play in the NFL.

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“This landmark facility will now better support the goals of the university and our athletic association while focusing primarily on the health and well-being of our student-athletes,” said J. Reid Parker, Georgia Director of Athletics.

On the northwest side of the playfield level, a new entry shows a black and red trophy meter. The player-centric designs also include a dining area and demonstration kitchen, a player lounge with seating, entertainment and views of player development areas. These spaces include a weight room, sports medicine facility with hydrotherapy and recovery, an auditorium for all teams, team briefing rooms, and indoor field views.

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The double-height weight room features a double-sided video board and a plyometric staircase that connects to the field level. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the weight room overlook the outdoor training fields, which combine with windows to fill the weight room with natural light.

The second floor houses offices, conference rooms, player support offices, an expanded video suite and a cardio mezzanine overlooking the weight room. A multipurpose lounge overlooking the indoor field can serve as a space for entertaining athletes, recruits and their families.

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The Sanford Stadium improvement project will include increased width in the South Concourse at Level 100, additional entrance gates, restrooms and concessions by the start of the 2023 football season. After the 2023 season, Georgia plans to create more restrooms and suites on the 200s and 300s levels of the south side, followed by a new press box in the southwest corner. The current press grandstand will be converted to premium seating.

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