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Georgia baseball, Foley Field have plans for major facilities and stadium upgrade in 2023

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edited May 2022 in Article commenting
imageGeorgia baseball, Foley Field have plans for major facilities and stadium upgrade in 2023

ATHENS — Georgia baseball is two years away from a level playing field in the SEC via major facilities upgrades coming to Foley Field.

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    UGA66UGA66 Posts: 4,158 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    "To put it into perspective, Stricklin shared how UGA’s most recent baseball upgrade to the stadium, for $12 million, was announced the same week Mississippi State announced a new $70 million stadium.

    “That’s hard to beat … we’ve lost a lot of kids (in recruiting) over the years based on that,” Stricklin said.

    UGA really needs to get serious about baseball facilities. Hopefully Josh Brooks follows through on these planned upgrades. Long overdue.

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    ShoottheHoochShoottheHooch Posts: 1,612 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Leveling the playing field should not be the goal. For decades, expenditures on football were considered an expense, especially during the reign of athletic terror of Michael Adams as UGA president. President Westmoreland and Kirby have proven what can happen when expenditures in athletics are considered investments.

    UGA’s goal regardless of sport should be to set the standard and make the rest of the conference try to level their playing field to equal UGA’s standards. The rate of return for actual championships, not just athletic director speak about wanting to “compete for championships in all sports”, would be exponential. The return on investment would be felt campus wide, not just in athletics.

    Every five to ten years, there’s an announcement that a few million dollars is going to be spent to “upgrade” Stegeman and Foley Field. It always amounts to putting more lipstick on a pig. All the while, our facilities fall further behind our competitors. No more “upgrades”! Maximize the potential of every student athlete in every sport!

    Athletes are competitors. In order to compete, they must be developed. Development requires an investment that will lead to championships. Championships puts butts in seats, money in the til, and donors willing to increase their investments for more championships!

    Go DAWGS!

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    10DAWG10DAWG Posts: 261 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Living here in Knoxville since 82, I've been able to see the parallel between UGA and UTK in how they plan going forward with facilities. The thought is to always be proactive and stay ahead of the competition, but most important, not to throw a band-aid on it to fix the issue. Not being the kind of fertile recruiting state Georgia is, they depend largely on national recruits, so again they know that their facilities can be nothing short of elite, we should expect nothing less from UGA

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    BetheredgeBetheredge Posts: 200 ✭✭✭ Junior

    I agree with several other comments including Strickland's. Space is at a premium at Foley. Whatever is done will only strain the existing venue. I'm sure the university has the space to build a new facility. Why not use the Foley Field site to expand & rebuild the once great Dan McGill Tennis Complex/Hall of Fame while building the best new baseball facility in the Power-5? Maybe a location where Spec Towns Track Facilities can be relocated along with Foley? Why continue to spend $10's of millions every decade on upgrading outdated, deteriorating facilities? Foley, Spec Towns, Stegeman, have all far outlived their life expectancy. Put the money toward new facilities that will be good for the next several decades.

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