Georgia Football: Board Approves $1.25 Million for Sanford Stadium Improvements

Randy ChambersAnalyst IMay 23, 2013

November 17, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; A general view of the field prior to the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Southern Eagles at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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The Georgia football program turned a profit last year, which means renovations will be taking place. With the cash flow that just came in, Sanford Stadium will see an upgrade for the first time since 2004.

According to Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Georgia's athletic revenue increased a cool $3.6 million from last year. The majority of that comes from football tickets sold, as the $21.2 million made last year was much greater than the $19.5 million made in 2012. Contributions also increased from $22.5 million to $23.3 million.

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Out of the money earned, $1.25 million will be used to improve Sanford Stadium. Some of these upgrades will include modernized premium seating areas, adding a closed caption display board for the hearing impaired and ticket-scanning capabilities.

It gets even better, as the $1.25 million is only part of the $2.18 million that has been approved to use for renovation projects.

According to the report, $330,000 will be used to expand the Stegeman Coliseum athletic training room. Another $300,000 will be used to study designs to upgrade turf fields and to replace the block wall between the Woodruff practice fields and Smith Street. There will also be $300,000 in improvements to the equestrian facility.

Of the rest, $80,000 will go to resurface the tennis courts and $90,000 to fix the electrical issues at the soccer and softball complex.

The Jason Aldean Concert at Sanford Stadium also brought in an $200,000 for the athletic department, which will now be used to install a new irrigation system for the field.

All Georgia sees are dollar signs.

With the help of $8 million in 2004, Sanford Stadium was able to add a second upper deck on the north side and 27 new north-side SkySuites, making the venue the fifth largest on-campus stadium in the country at a little more than 92,000 seats.

These improvements are a byproduct of the football team, which won 12 games last year for the first time since 2002.