Much has been made of Georgia State’s expansion as the state university has gobbled up downtown real estate for the better part of the last decade. Long in the shadows of the University of Georgia, Georgia State has been on a tear as of late, making its push to be viewed as more than just a commuter school. Just in the last few years, we’ve seen a new freshman dorm building, a mammoth real estate purchase of the SunTrust Building, and perhaps most importantly- for a school based in the capital of college football- a Division 1(AA) football squad.
So, while I was thrilled to hear about the school’s aquisition of a nearly four acre parcel on Martin Luther King Boulevard back in 2006, I didn’t realize the enormity of the planned football facility project until recently. I drive by this particular piece of land nearly every day, and I just realized that the massive flood lights above me were actually for football. At that moment, it finally occurred to me that this once vacant piece of land- long looming menacingly over the bbq aficionados at Daddy-D’z and the performance-art crowd at Eyedrum– was now the home to the beautiful new football practice complex of the Georgia State Panthers. While I’ve yet to tour the grounds (I’m not exactly a credentialed journalist, and let’s face it, as nerdy as I am, there’s really not enough time in the day to go “”practice-field-inspecting””), I’m proud of my downtown neighbor for once again transforming a once forsaken piece of land and turning it in to a productive member of society.
The inaugural season kicks off on September 2nd. Show the home team some love, and make plans to spend the afternoon at The Georgia Dome.
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