Evans: Expansion of Butts-Mehre very possible

ATHENS – It's possible that word could come as early as Thursday about a possible expansion of the Butts-Mehre building, which houses Georgia's football offices, locker room and practice facilities.

That's the word from athletics director Damon Evans, who spoke Monday afternoon after the school announced plans to create the Vince Dooley Athletic Complex.

The school has already spent almost $200,000 commissioning a plan for such an expansion. It would include a larger weight room and training room and more office and meeting space for the football team. The plan probably would take the place of an indoor practice facility, although Evans has not ruled out the building of an indoor facility.

Keeping up with the school's facilities are a large part of Evans' duties, he said.

"We do have to keep an eye on what is going on out there," he said.

He pointed to a recent study that lists Georgia's athletic facilities as some of the best in the Southeastern Conference but added that he doesn't want to rest in that area. He has commissioned a facilities master plan, which would list and prioritize what projects the Athletic Association needs to undertake for the foreseeable future.

He is pushing his architectural firm to have that plan ready in time for the spring meeting of the Athletic Association board of directors. It will be ready by fall at the latest, he said.

"We want to feel we are giving our student athletes everything they need, including facilities, to be successful at the highest level," Evans said.

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