UAA announces $4.1M track renovation plans

University of Florida's James G. Pressly StadiumPercy Beard Track
UF's James G. Pressly Stadium/Pearcy Beard Track will receive a $4.1 million renovation that will be finished in early 2024.
Courtesy of UAA

On Wednesday, the University of Florida Athletic Association (UAA) announced a $4.1 million renovation plan for James G. Pressly Stadium/Percy Beard Track.

The project is funded from private gifts and is scheduled to begin in late April with a projected completion date in early February of 2024.

Both the UF men’s and women’s track teams won the 2022 NCAA Outdoor National Championships held in Eugene, Oregon, last June.

According to the release, renovations will include a permanent shade structure placed over the starting block area and a timing/officials building to be built on the south end of the stands adjacent to the finish line and a permanent shade structure over the starting block. Plans also include waterproofing the grandstand structure and renovations to the public restrooms and concessions.

“I am very excited for the renovation of our facilities and the opportunities it will present for both the fan and athlete experience at James G. Pressly Stadium and Percy Beard Track,” said Gator track and field coach Mike Holloway in the release.

UAA recently completed the third phase of its Master Facilities Plan with its top project being the $85 million Bill Heavener Football Training Center. More than $300 million has been invested in capital improvement projects since 2015 with the next phase to be announced at a later date.

“The Gator Track & Field program is one of the most successful at the University of Florida,” said UF Athletics Director Scott Stricklin in the release. “It is important that we continue to invest and improve their facilities to enhance the experience of our track and field student-athletes and the fans of the sport and program.”

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