A major expansion to the University of Georgia Soccer Training Center has been completed. The project includes 136,300 sf of new space and 28,700 sf of renovated space in the main sports building at the Butts-Mere Heritage Hall. The result is three floors of powerful training experiences for students, athletes, and coaches. The modern, HOK-designed space full of amenities will support the university’s efforts to continue recruiting and retaining top talent.
The field level includes a new locker room with a central private player lounge, equipment room, plunge pool and nutrition bar. A corridor between these spaces is connected to an indoor soccer practice field and two adjacent outdoor fields. The corridor features rich wood tones, sleek metal detailing and large format video displays highlighting UGA alumni who have played in the National Football League.
The corridor is also connected to a unified exhibition space accessible via facial recognition technology. This space features black mirrored acrylic walls and faux leather vertical panels that slide to reveal UGA uniforms and sports gear.
A new entry greets athletes and recruits with an eye-catching black and red trophy display. Upon entering, players are greeted by a central, player-centric area that includes a dining area and demonstration kitchen, as well as a players’ lounge with comfortable seating, entertainment and 360-degree views of key training facilities. These include a weight room, sports medicine facility with hydrotherapy and recovery rooms, an auditorium for all teams, team briefing rooms and indoor field views.
The double-height weight room features a double-sided video board and a plyometric staircase that connects to the field level. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the weight room overlook the outdoor training fields, which combined with clerestory windows flood the weight room with natural light.
The second floor houses staff offices, conference rooms, player support offices, an expanded video suite and a cardio mezzanine overlooking the weight room. A multipurpose lounge overlooking the arena provides a flexible space for entertaining athletes, recruits and their families.
Owner and/or Developer: University of Georgia Athletic Association
Design architect: HOK
Record Architect: HOK
MEP Engineer: Johnson, Spellman & Associates (Mech/Plumbing) / Mathis Consulting Engineers (Electrical)
Static engineer: KSi
General Contractor/Site Management: DPR Construction (Design Build)