UWG Officials Expect Record Crowd at New Football Stadium

ATLANTA (Sept. 4, 2009) – When the University of West Georgia kicks off its inaugural football game at University Stadium tomorrow, several Carter associates will be pulling hard for the Wolves to beat the Lambuth University Eagles.

Carter played a key role in ensuring the football stadium, part of a new $29 million athletic complex, opened in time for the game against Lambuth, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday. The University of West Georgia is located in Carrollton, about 45 minutes west of Atlanta.

A Carter team led by Senior Vice President Gary Paetau, left, managed the construction and delivery of the 9,000-seat stadium and athletic complex.

University officials said they expect the largest crowd ever for a West Georgia football game. “This is a dream come true for this university and this football program,” Daryl Dickey, head football coach and interim athletics director,” said an announcement about the stadium. “This entire complex is the culmination of years of hard work and effort on the part of many, and it should be a tremendous asset to our entire university.”

The athletic complex will be the focal point of of West Georgia’s intercollegiate athletic activities. The 200-acre green site is adjacent to the university’s main campus. In addition to University Stadium, the complex comprises a soccer facility and practice field, two football practice fields, a softball field and field house, intramural fields and 40,000 square feet of athletic offices, classrooms, training facilities and locker rooms.

John Barefoot, left, an assistant project manager at Carter, worked hard and traveled to West Georgia several times during the complex’s construction cycle, which lasted about a year. “This complex is a big deal to the people of West Georgia, and we are honored to have been a part of it,” Barefoot said. 

University of West Georgia officials selected Carter to manage the complex’s design, construction and delivery in November 2007 after a competitive process. Carter also coordinated the accounting of multiple financing sources including taxable and tax-exempt bonds, Foundation funding, SPLOST funding and student fees.

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