April 9, 2018
Renderings and Public Unveil
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech publicly unveiled plans on Monday for Phase II of renovations to Russ Chandler Stadium, the home of Georgia Tech baseball.
Phase II of the Russ Chandler Stadium renovations are driven by Georgia Tech athletics’ vision for its nationally renowned baseball program — to enhance player development, to improve fan experience and to celebrate the Yellow Jackets’ rich baseball history. Planned renovations include:
a new, expanded indoor training facility, which will includethree 20-foot-wide batting cages, two 10-foot-wide pitching tunnelsand a video analysis room. The facility will be adjacent to theYellow Jackets’ dugout and heated/air-conditioned for year-rounduse; an alumni locker room that will be available to formerletterwinners in pro baseball as they utilize the new, expandedindoor training facility during the offseason; upgraded fanamenities, including all-new restroom facilities and concessionstands, a premium club area and an outdoor plaza; a concourse-levelatrium that will house a new Georgia Tech Baseball Hall of Fame. Itwill serve as an iconic point of entry to Russ Chandler Stadium andbe open to the public on gamedays. On non-gamedays, the atrium willconvert into a 40-seat teaching auditorium for Tech baseball.
“Phase I of our Russ Chandler Stadium renovation, which was completed in 2015, has been quite successful in taking us toward our goal of having a world-class facility for a world-class baseball program through significant enhancements to our locker room, lounge area, athletics training room and study room,” Georgia Tech director of athletics Todd Stansbury said. “Now it’s time to begin Phase II. We thank those who have already generously contributed to the project and ask those who haven’t to please consider doing so, as we aim to continue to attract and develop top-notch student-athletes, enhance our fan experience and celebrate the history of baseball at Tech.”
The total cost of the Phase II project is $9 million. $6.5 million of the $9 million needed to fund the project has already been committed – $4.5 million in the form of a matching gift established by a generous anonymous donor and $2 million in additional gifts.
Georgia Tech athletics has set a goal of raising the final $2.5 million needed to fully fund the project by December 31, 2018.
“I’m really excited about the announcement of Phase II of the Russ Chandler Stadium renovation project,” Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall said. “Phase I was done primarily with our student-athletes in mind, to enhance their daily lives while being a baseball player at Georgia Tech. Phase II is about enhancing our fan experience at Georgia Tech, in addition to continuing to enhance our player development.
“Ultimately, Phase II is going to help us in recruiting,” Hall continued. “It keeps us out at the front in college baseball in terms of what our facilities look like. We’re blessed to play in Russ Chandler Stadium and to have the support of our administration here at Georgia Tech. We’re blessed that many of our former student-athletes have stepped up and gotten this project off the ground. Now we need some help from the rest of our Georgia Tech family and the Tech community to see this project to completion.”
For more information on Phase II of the Russ Chandler Stadium renovations and to make a gift online, visit atfund.org.