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Georgia dedicated its long-awaited practice facility Tuesday, becoming the latest Southeastern Conference school to have a 100-yard football field indoors.
The $30.2 million project was funded completely by private gifts and also includes a 65-meter track runway, jumping pits and a netting system that will provide indoor practice areas for other athletic teams during inclement weather. The facility encompasses 102,306 square feet.
"This is a wonderful day of celebration for our entire athletic program," Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said. "This new indoor facility will provide a first-class, state-of-the-art practice environment that will benefit our sports and student-athletes for decades to come."
Participants in Tuesday's ceremony included university president Jere Morehead and second-year football coach Kirby Smart.
"We are all grateful and appreciative of the many donors who stepped up and provided the entire funding for this facility," Smart said. "This new indoor facility is a remarkable addition to our overall football footprint. It opens many new doors for the opportunities our student-athletes will have to practice not only in adverse weather conditions but also provides a first-class working environment for parts of our strength and conditioning and nutrition programs."
The actual dimensions of the practice field are 140 yards long and 80 yards wide. Georgia will continue to have two natural grass practice fields outside, as well as an artificial turf multipurpose area.
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