The University of North Georgia plans to install turf on sports fields on the Dahlonega Campus, allowing the facilities to be used for both athletics and intramural sports.
Examining the feasibility of expanding recreational activities on every UNG campus is part of the university’s new strategic plan, completed in April. Turf will be installed on the baseball field at Bob Stein Stadium, the softball field at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium and the UNG Soccer Complex field.
Work has begun to install turf on the soccer fields, and the hope is to have work finished by late August, before the season starts in early September. Baseball and softball seasons don’t start until early February, but the work on those fields also will proceed as soon as possible.
In addition to the turf fields, the UNG Soccer Complex will add a 520-seat aluminum stadium structure.
While the university’s NCAA teams will have first dibs on scheduling the fields, adding turf means the facilities will be able to withstand more frequent use. Using the sports complex, which already includes lighting for night events, could allow the Office of Student Affairs to expand recreational offerings and activities for students and adds potential for increased academic use of outdoor facilities.
Students also soon will have additional recreation space at the site of the university’s former dining hall, as the university is leveling and seeding the area for use, Hugh Stephens, president of the Student Government Association-Dahlonega, said in an email sent to students Monday.