Daily Digs: New Georgia State Baseball Stadium, Hastings Track and Field Project, and More!

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The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the construction of a new stadium for the Georgia State University baseball program on the Downtown Atlanta campus. 

The 1,000-seat stadium will be constructed on the current location of Georgia State's Green Lot along Pollard Boulevard, which includes the footprint of the former Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, moving the baseball program on campus from its current facility located 12 miles away in Panthersville. 

Following Tuesday's approval at the Board's monthly meeting, the University System Office and GSU staff will proceed with design and construction in accordance with the Board of Regents procedures, with completion planned in time for the start of the 2026 season in February 2026. 

The project, with a budget of $15.85 million, will be funded by GSU Athletic Association gifts and reserves and Foundation funds and gifts. [GeorgiaStateSports.com]

The new Georgia track and field facility now has a price tag and a listed starting date for construction.

The 34,700 square foot project would be built on South Milledge Avenue across from the current soccer/softball complex on what is 20 acres. It would have a nine-lane, 400-meter outdoor track with an infield long jump, triple jump, and pole vault facilities.

The total project cost is $59.8 million and will be funded through gifts and donations, according to the agenda for the Tuesday meeting in Atlanta of the University Board of Regents which will be asked to authorize the project.

The track facility would have 2,500 seats and 240 parking spaces planned. Those parking spaces would also be used for soccer and softball which have a parking crunch. [Athens Banner-Herald]

Just months before fundraising efforts begin for a new athletic complex that would stand behind the historic South High School, school officials at Valley Christian unveiled plans for the $10 million project Thursday afternoon.

Among the alumni, 1981 graduate Ron Torbert who will be entering his 15th year as a referee in the NFL. The Super Bowl LVI facilitator advocated for the complex, although the fieldhouse behind the stadium would have to come down.

"Knowing it's coming down to make room for something else, something grander--I don't think any South High Alumni are going to be sad about that.", Torbert explained.

Mike Pecchia, president at Valley Christian says it will cost around 10 million dollars to complete both phases of the project, which is expected to finished in August of 2026--but sticking to that timeline depends on a number of factors including fundraising and the city, which owns the land and the fieldhouse behind the old high school. [WMFJ]

Construction will begin in August to revitalize the Jack Osborne Track Complex thanks to more than 140 donors who contributed $1.1 million to a Hastings College Foundation fundraising campaign co-chaired by Justin Osborne and Tamisha Rose-Osgood ‘06.

Osborne is a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, and Rose-Osgood is a 2006 graduate, track and field record holder and a member of the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

“It is amazing to see this much support for the Hastings College track and field program, and everyone is really excited and looking forward to using the facility when the upgrades are completed,” said Veronica Pinkerton, a graduating senior and member of the Hastings College track and field team. “On behalf of current and future student athletes, thank you to all who contributed to this project!”

The total raised exceeded the original goal, which allows the project to include additional seating, an updated entrance to the facility and additional sidewalks to improve accessibility. [Hastings.edu]

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