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Coliseum Practice Facility Opening
On Friday, February 17, 2006, the University of Georgia Athletic Association officially broke ground on the 120,000 square foot Coliseum Practice Facility that will provide extensive expansion of facilities for the men's and women's basketball and gymnastics teams. The facility is scheduled for completion in June of 2007.
The annex will house separate areas for each team and will include two full-length practice courts, coaches offices, locker rooms, lounges, video assessment rooms and meeting rooms. The history of each sport will be commemorated with displays including trophies, archives, graphics and interactive kiosks.
Also included will be a weight training facility for all of the Olympic sports as well as a satellite athletic training room. The annex will include a loading dock for Stegeman Coliseum and a storage/inventory area for non-football equipment.
"This will be a great asset to the three sports that compete in the Coliseum," said UGA Director of Athletics Damon Evans. "But in addition, the new weight training facility will be something that touches all our Olympic sports in a positive way."
"We are extremely excited about the construction of the new facilities and the assist it will give us in building a first-class program," Georgia men's basketball coach Dennis Felton said. "The complex is very much needed. It will serve our specific needs on a daily basis when our student-athletes come in to work on their development as athletes. This facility will also serve notice on the national scene that we are indeed serious at Georgia about competing at a high level in basketball."
While the basketball teams currently have each aspect of their programs housed in Stegeman Coliseum, the gymnastics program does not. The Gym Dogs use a practice gym at the Ramsey Center on east campus and compete in Stegeman Coliseum. The new practice facility will be more than twice as large as the current facility.
"The Ramsey Center is a great facility, but it never met our needs because we could never practice all four events at the same time," Gym Dogs coach Suzanne Yoculan said. "We appreciate the commitment by the Athletic Association to give us a premier facility."
Speakers at Friday's groundbreaking ceremony included UGA President Michael F. Adams, Director of Athletics Damon Evans, Felton, Landers, Yoculan and student-athletes Jay McAuley and Tasha Humphrey from basketball and Katie Heenan from gymnastics.
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