The Georgia Southern Athletics Department has released plans for a $12.3 million Anthony P. Tippins Family Indoor Practice Facility to be built adjacent to Allen E. Paulson Stadium that will serve all 17 NCAA-sponsored athletic programs. The transformative project, which is slated for completion in early 2023, will benefit the needs of all 400 student-athletes while also creating new revenue-generating activities for the department.
As currently displayed, the project renderings are currently at 60% of design and feature a 91,300-square-foot practice area, highlighted by synthetic turf, fully-covered 120-yard regulation football field. The facility will also feature an approximately 30-yard practice area for supplemental drills. An advanced netting system will be installed to further enhance training opportunities for our student-athletes, particularly football, baseball, softball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and women’s track and field.
The north and south sides of the structure will be outfitted with tailgating suites that will be utilized on game days. The south side suites will have 16 regular-size tailgating suites and two large tailgating suites and are positioned to have a close-up viewing of the Eagle Walk pre-game. The north side of the structure will have a total of 12 regular-size suites and two large tailgating suites. In an effort to further enhance the fan experience at Paulson Stadium, turnkey tailgating will be introduced on the practice field for the 2023 football season. More details and information on how to purchase a tailgate suite will be coming from the Athletic Foundation. Requests will be filled, in order, based on lifetime giving ranking.
A fully-integrated lightning protection system is being installed in the open-sided facility to afford year-round training. The facility design also allows for natural ventilation.
Additional landscape and pedestrian improvements are planned but the parking lot where construction will be taking place will be off-line this fall.
Goodwyn, Mills, Cawood, Inc. (GMC) is the project architect and supporting the project from both their Atlanta and Savannah offices in Georgia. Brassfield & Gorrie is the general contractor. Other members of the project team include Maxwell-Reddick & Associates civil engineers, Method Engineering Group M/E/P, Tharp Engineering structural engineers and Wood Environmental for geotechnical consulting.
A generous gift from the Anthony P. Tippins Family jump-started the project and the remaining costs will be covered through fundraising and donations.
The University and Department of Athletics will hold a ground-breaking ceremony on Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. before the annual Spring Game. Fans are encouraged to attend the event.
If you would like to help support the Anthony P. Tippins Family Indoor Practice Facility, please visit Give.GSEagles.com/IPF to make a donation today!
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