Georgia Tech Football Receives $3.5 Million Gift Towards Indoor Practice Facility

Yesterday it was announced that the CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises John Brock and his wife donated $3.5 million which will go towards the construction of an 80,000 square foot indoor practice facility. The new building will be placed on a portion of Rose Bowl Field.

Mr. Brock holds a Bachelor's of Science and Master's of Science in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech from 1970 and 1971 respectively. While the financial goal has not been reached yet as the facility is estimated to cost around $7 million, the Brock family has given the Yellow Jackets a big push towards reaching the necessary level. The upgrade of an indoor practice area will be a benefit to the football program not only in recruiting (because recruits like shiny objects) but also as a benefit for the logistics of running a football team. In times past when it has rained, the team must hop on a bus and travel to either the Georgia Dome or the the Falcons training facility in Flowery Branch, GA. Also, and obviously, the Jackets will be able to keep up with the Jones' of college football.

"In a lot of ways, it gives us a place to practice on campus. We can get in from storms," Johnson said. "It will help in recruiting. Most every BCS school has one, and we needed one. So it was awful kind of John and (his wife) Mary to do that," Paul Johnson said.

 The facility is expected to be completed before kickoff of the 2011 season.

Go Jackets!

This article was influenced by The Macon Telegraph and RamblinWreck.com.
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