Georgia Southern Announces Indoor Practice Facility
“The construction of the Anthony P. Tippins Family Indoor Practice Facility is a critical need for our athletic department,” Georgia Southern Director of Athletics Jared Benko said. “Inclement weather currently inhibits our ability to fully practice and prepare for competitions. This project addresses that issue for us. Additionally, this facility provides our student-athletes, coaches, and staff the ability to escape the sunlight during the hottest parts of the day during the summer months. The revenue generated from game day-related activities enhance the pro forma for this project and improves our game day experience. All-in-all, this transformative facility is a game-changer for us!”
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, a 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.
Cameras will be installed throughout the facility and will comprise a state-of-the-art filming system. Other amenities expected to be included are full protective padding on all interior vertical surfaces for enhanced player safety, restrooms, equipment storage, and an audio system.
Additional landscape and pedestrian improvements are planned but the parking lot where construction will be taking place will be off-line this fall.