Gators track renovation

UAA Announces $4.1 Million Renovation for James G. Pressly Stadium

The University of Florida Athletic Association announced a $4.1 million renovation project for the Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium on Wednesday.

The plan includes a timing/officials building on the south end of the stands adjacent to the finish line and a permanent shade structure over the starting block, according to the press release. Additionally, public areas such as the restrooms and concessions will undergo renovations, along with waterproofing of the grandstand structure.

The renovation will begin in late April and wrap up in February 2024. The project will be entirely funded by private gifts.

“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,” Gator track and field coach Mike Holloway said.

The track renovation represents the third phase of UF’s Master Facilities Plan. The UAA completed the $85 million Bill Heavener Football Training Center and finished improvements to its soccer, lacrosse and tennis facilities over the last year.

“The Gator Track & Field program is one of the most successful at the University of Florida,” Athletics Director Scott Stricklin said, “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.”

The program has reached new heights under Holloway. He has led the men’s program since 2003 and the combined women’s and men’s program since 2008. Florida has won 12 of its 13 national championships under Holloway.

The upgrades to the track facilities are expected to arrive ahead of the 2024 Southeastern Conference championship meet, which Florida will host for the first time since 1989.

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