UGA proposes to put Dooley name on athletic complex

By: associated press
By: associated press

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- The University of Georgia plans to honor former football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley by putting his name on a complex that includes many of the school's athletic facilities -- though not the football stadium.

The executive board of the Georgia Athletic Association voted in favor of the Vince Dooley Athletic Complex at a special meeting today. The university cabinet, which includes most of the school's top administrators, followed suit.

The proposal is expected to be finalized when the state board of regents meets in Atlanta tomorrow and Wednesday.

The complex on the southwest end of campus most notably includes Butts-Mehre Athletic Heritage Hall, the main headquarters of Georgia athletics, and Stegeman Coliseum, home of the basketball and women's gymnastics teams.

The football practice fields, baseball stadium, track and field facilities, tennis complex and student-athlete academic center also are included in the proposal. In addition, the school would erect a sculpture and garden next to Butts-Mehre honoring Dooley.

Sanford Stadium, the school's 92,000-seat football home, is located about a mile away and isn't included in the plan.

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