ATHENS - The Georgia football program's long-sought indoor practice facility will move closer to fruition on Tuesday.
The UGA athletic board is expected to take further action on the facility, four months after commissioning a design study at its previous quarterly meeting.
It is not clear whether the location for the facility will be formally approved, but one site has emerged as a possibility: The area just beyond the existing outdoor practice fields, off of Lumpkin Street, leading up to Stegeman Coliseum.
Other locations had not been ruled out as of last month: An off-campus area off Milledge Avenue, or tearing up one of the existing outdoor fields and building it there. But the location off Lumpkin seems a good compromise, keeping the existing facilities but not having it far from the Butts-Mehre building.
Athletics director Greg McGarity could not be reached for comment. But he and Butts-Mehre staffers have been considering the details over the past four months, including how extravagant to make it: Will it lean toward just the basics, which would still cost around $10 million minimum, or feature amenities that would increase the cost beyond that?
The source of the funds could also be revealed Tuesday, although it is expected to be a mix of private and UGA reserve funds, much like the recently completed renovation of baseball's Foley Field. That could just over $12 million, with $5 million coming through fundraising.
The facility will be used by more than just the football team. McGarity has said that the baseball team could use it on rainy days, as could other teams.
Florida recently announced plans for a $15 million indoor practice facility, with funds raised through private gifts and "capital financing," according to an Associated Press.