ATHENS — Two years after breaking ground on construction and exactly one year after it was officially dedicated, Georgia’s indoor practice facility is finally going to get a name. From now on, the Bulldogs will practice inside the William Porter Payne Indoor Athletic Facility.
Or as players will surely come to call it, “The House of Payne.”
The decision to name the building after Billy Payne, as he is more commonly known, was approved by the Georgia Board of Regents on Tuesday, persons with knowledge of the process confirmed. An announcement is expected from UGA soon.
It was not immediately known how much money Payne gave toward construction of the facility, which cost $31 million, but a “substantial gift” is required by the regents for naming rights to a state building. The UGA Athletic Association reported that 100 percent of the funds for the indoor athletic facility project were privately raised by the UGA Athletic Association. The building was dedicated on Feb. 14, 2017, but has been in use since January of that year.
Payne is the recently-retired chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the man most responsible for bringing the Summer Olympic Games to Atlanta in 1996. He is also a second-generation Georgia football letterman who played for Vince Dooley from 1965-68 and holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia.
We’ll bring you more details when they’re available.
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