Georgia State Closer To Playing Football

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Thursday Nov. 20, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia State University broke ground on a new football practice facility Thursday, and it took some imagination to picture in its finished form.

The school purchased an old warehouse about a half-mile from campus, which will become the centerpiece of a Football Championship Subdivision program that is scheduled to begin in 2010 with Bill Curry as coach. For now, the area behind the building resembles a trash dump, littered with bricks, rocks, twisted metal, ripped-up pieces of lumber -- even a discarded shoe.

The school plans to keep the shell of the warehouse. It will renovate and expand it to include offices, meeting rooms and a weight-training complex. Outside the building, land will be cleared to make room for a 100-yard artificial turf field and a 50-yard grass field. The Panthers will play their home games at the 70,000-seat Georgia Dome, about two miles away.

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