April 8, 2004
Americus- Georgia Southwestern State University athletic director and men's basketball coach Randolph Barksdale says students joke all the time about the fact the Hurricanes former home court was called the "Storm Dome and the school's new arena will be the state's only geodesic dome.
The $22 million Student Success Center currently under construction will seat 3,000 fans to watch the Georgia Southwestern's men's and women's basketball teams and the Lady Hurricane volleyball squad.
The building may not be finished but already coach Barksdale is showing it off to recruits he hopes will be among the first to play in the Hurricanes new storm dome.
Barksdale said " Needless to say we think it is really going to help our basketball programs and our volleyball programs because it just attracts so many more students and we will have the largest facility in our conference."
The new student success center will benefit the entire Georgia Southwestern and Americus-Sumter County community.
The center will also house the health and human performance school, student activities center, athletic offices and will have two weight rooms and a rock climbing wall.
The Hurricanes old gym was not torn down.
Instead, it was expanded from one to two basketball courts which will help Southwestern's intramural program.
Barksdale "We really think it is going to help us attract students. It ought to help our enrollment and give them lot more space and things they can do in the student activities center. Our old student center was made for 1200 students and we are at 2200 to 2500 students now. So, we were just cramped for space."
Georgia Southwestern's Student Success Center is scheduled to be completed in the winter of 2005.
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