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Friday, January 27, 2012

Long overdue Foley Field renovations are coming

We are still skeptical on just how much you can do on that side without closing off the road that cuts between it and Butts-Mehre, buying the houses on Kudzu Hill, or eliminating some of the parking in front of the Dan Magill tennis complex, but at least some minor modifcations are on the way.

Georgia baseball fans can look forward to coming renovations of aging Foley Field, although the exact plans and design projects will not be revealed until May — at the earliest.

Georgia’s Athletic Board approved design studies for Foley Field last May, according to sports information director Christopher Lakos.

This means talks have begun with various Athletic Association personnel about what
kind of projects they would like to see done at Foley Field.For example, coaches discuss the field, stadium, locker room, training room and needs of the student-athletes, Lakos said.



These are long overdue, as Georgia lags far behind other SEC schools in facilities for the stickball, and considering the scholarships allotted thanks to Title IX, plus the number of games for tickets sold and other stadium revenue, baseball can easily be a self-sustaining and profitable entity within the Athletic Department. Plus, better facilities tends to equal better recruiting, and in a state loaded with good baseball players, that leads to more winning which leads to more revenue.

14 comments:

  1. Well that will certainly be entertaining per how that district's commissioner deals with lost housing inventory and proposed traffic studies.

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  2. Buying those properties, closing the road, or cutting in to that parking area, are only if they are going to do major renovations Homer. The point was, there is only so much you can do within the current footprint of the Foley Field complex. A lot of people have these pie in the sky dreams for our baseball facility, well, unless they're moving to the women's complex off Milledge, the current site limits things considerably without significant impact on the adjacent area.

    Traffic would be an issue in and out of that parking lot, and the parking deck. Housing, not so much, since you're talking 5 or fewer homes, most of which house students who can move to countless other places both nearby and within the county.

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    1. I didn't mean to imply that your proposal didn't make sense. My point is that UGa does what it wants with its own development inside the University-doesn't need approval or inspections from ACC. It would be a bit of a conundrum for UGa to tear down "affordable housing" near the University. The uproar in and around the University concerning neighborhood parking has not gone away. And it won't. I understand how powerful th University is ( there are two Lift Stations in ACC .... Walmart has one and so does UGa.. there is another permitted station that has not come on line-private development). I agree that in order for that facility to improve... it must expand into the neighborhood. Facelifts are just that.... facelifts. I haven't heard anything from Choate or Jorgenson about bids for expansion of the ball field. So right now ... its pie in the sky!

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    2. Wow, when did we get this reply option?

      And did you read the article? There'd be no reason for contractors to bid since they are still in the stages of figuring out what they want to do. And again, they could always just take out the first row of parking along the left field wall, maybe a little deeper than that in to the parking lot.

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    3. I read your post ... to be sure. The expansion process involves a lot of players. While there are no submittals for anyone to peruse you can bet there are conversations held about "what it might cost" and that doesn't mean there are bids. My comments about parking and loss of "housing inventory" politics still stand!
      just sayin'

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    4. Damn, I forgot the Red and Black link. Been a long week at the office.
      http://redandblack.com/2012/01/27/foley-field-renovations-approved-by-athletic-board/

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    5. Damn, I forgot the Red and Black link. Been a long week at the office.
      http://redandblack.com/2012/01/27/foley-field-renovations-approved-by-athletic-board/

      Nothing there ....they are just approved to chat it up. I don't think anything changes. New paint job and resurface parking..... yeah nothing to see here.
      just sayin'

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  3. I think it would be a tragedy for them to buy up the houses at the top of the hill. I think everybody remembers the regionals and super regionals in 2008. The players were not allowed to have walk-up songs since the playoff baseball is supposed to have a "neutral" feel. The green house behind the right field wall got their own speakers, made their own playlist, and blasted the walk-up songs for the players. I am all for renovating Foley. However, I think the houses atop Kudzu are a great part of the atmosphere that add to "college" feel of Foley Field.

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  4. Agreed completely sugar. Oh the stories I can tell from watching games on the backporch of the green hyouse. Good times.

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  5. Damn fat fingers. House, not hyouse. Where's my dialing wand?

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  6. What is due at Foley Field. Two words. Chad Holbrook. Think the AD and the Board thought about that while they ponder the worst field in the SEC. Hope we are interested in fielding a team to the CWS rather than preserving the nostalgia.

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  7. While they renovate the field, how about honoring the first EVER coach to win the CWS from the SEC and UGA's all time winning coach? They should name some part of the Stadium after Steve Webber. Call it Foley Field at Webber Stadium or something like that.

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  8. Sports facilities have to be named accordingly. They also have to improve the amenities.

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