Earlier this month, the University of Georgia Athletic Association’s Board of Directors approved an $11.8 million renovation to Stegeman Coliseum. The renovation will begin on May 12 and will be completed by the start of the 2010-11 UGA basketball season.
Most of the money will go towards the construction of glass walls that reach from the roof of Stegeman down to the ground (see artist rendering below). The glass will form the exterior walls of the coliseum and will create 12,000 square feet of new concourse area.
Restrooms will be added while existing restrooms and concessions will be renovated and reconfigured. This will, according to Damon Evans, add more variety to the concessions that are currently offered.
While the outside undergoes a face lift, the inside of Stegeman will remain the same. After all, it has already seen gradual changes and improvements over the last 12 years. Seating capacity will remain at 10,523.
Three days after the renovation was approved, the Bulldogs upset Vanderbilt at Stegeman. When asked about the coliseum, Mark Fox replied:
“Everyone said when I came we needed a new place. Heck, no, we don’t need a new place. We just need great fans like we had tonight and the right effort.”