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Blog: Athletic Association approves Sanford improvements; department budgets for meals, snacks

GREENSBORO ‚Äî The Georgia Athletic Association board of directors approved on Thursday $2.12 million for projects to go towards enhancements needed for the SEC Network’s launch in August, Sanford Stadium sound improvements and a new video board that will be used in football recruiting.

A total of $921,800 will go for production for up to 80 live streamed events for the all-sports network and large screen content at athletic venues. The scoreboard control room at Sanford Stadium will be upgraded for the project.

Another $750,000 will be used for improvements to the sound system at Sanford Stadium. A main cluster of equipment above the scoreboard will be replaced and speakers throughout the stadium will be repaired. The move comes as Georgia is looking to increase its use of sound in an effort to enhance the fan experience.

An additional $200,000 goes to improving the sound system in the South Sky Suites at Sanford to provide clearer radio feeds and provide options for PA and crowd noise feeds.

The multi-purpose room used extensively by the football program will get a 7-foot-by-15-foot HD quality video board with surround sound at a cost of $250,000. The room is used for football recruiting, all-staff meetings and other athletic department gatherings.

Other news to come out of the meeting at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge on Lake Oconee:

— The Bulldogs football team will fly out of Atlanta this year instead of using three 50-seat jets out of Athens. Delta is no longer offering smaller regional jets for team travel, athletic director Greg McGarity said. Georgia will still fly Delta out of Atlanta.

Delta received criticism when it bumped passengers off a plane that was used instead for the Florida basketball team at the Gainesville airport on Dec. 1. A charter plane the team was to use was delayed by a maintenance issue, according to the Gainesville Sun.

‚Äî UGA is budgeting an additional $1.28 million for NCAA’s new unlimited meals and snacks for athletes.

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