The Georgia athletic board has approved a $30 million football indoor practice facility.
Monday’s action sends the proposal to the University System Board of Regents for final approval. Construction is expected to begin after the 2015 season.
The facility will be 140 yards long, 80 yards wide and 76 feet high, adding nearly 109,000 square feet to facilities at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. It will be built on part of the current outdoor practice fields, allowing it to be connected to the weight room and other training areas.
The lack of an indoor facility was viewed as a recruiting disadvantage against other Southeastern Conference schools. The Bulldogs had to bus an hour away to the facility owned by the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons when they needed to practice in inclement weather.