ATHENS — When you walk into Stegeman Coliseum now, you’re greeted by one big new change. And more are on the way.
UGA has added a massive picture banner around the scoreboard, along with the words “Georgia” and “Bulldogs” in capital letters. It’s aimed at improving the “branding” of the arena, athletics director Greg McGarity says.
That’s already done, as part of a $1.8 million previously-approved project. But the UGA athletic board on Friday approved more work on the 52-year-old arena, in a project with a price tab of $5.27 million.
The biggest feature: The long-awaited center-hung scoreboard, which has been talked about for years, but should now be in place for the 2017-18 season. So will a new sound system, a new lighting system and a new LED board.
“It certainly changes the dynamics in that facility,” McGarity said.
In fact, every seat in the 10,523-seat arena will also be replaced, just putting in new ones and changing the color of some to fit with the new branding. McGarity said no consideration was given to increasing or decreasing the capacity size.
“That’s not on the radar at this point in time,” McGarity said. “A lot of it’s maintenance.”