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Georgia Southern breaks ground on $10 million football center

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With information from Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University leaders broke ground in the east end zone of Allen E. Paulson Stadium Wednesday morning for the $10 million Football Operations Center (FOC) and the construction of 6,200 additional seats.

The 50,000 square foot Football Operations Center, which is privately funded, will have many state-of-the-art features and facilities including offices for the football coaches, locker rooms, workout facilities, meeting space and a Hall of Fame exhibit to showcase the rich history of the Eagles and the team's legendary players.

"Today marks a new timeline in the journey for Georgia Southern athletics," said Athletics Director Tom Kleinlein. "The Football Operations Center will house everything we need for our football program to be successful. The impact of these projects will be tremendous, and it's happening because of the kind gifts of Eagle fans and the votes of our students."

Last year, Georgia Southern students voted to pay a $75 fee to fund a move to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and a $25 fee for stadium expansion. The team will also move to the Sun Belt Conference. The 1,100 seats to be added to the lower level of Paulson Stadium could be available this season, and more than 4,000 seats in an upper deck will be added to the north stands by 2014.

Learn more about Georgia Southern's stadium improvement plans, the move to the FBS and the Sun Belt by visiting www.georgiasouthern.edu/journey.

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