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Work begins on new Georgia State arena

Work has begun on a new Georgia State arena in the former parking lots of Atlanta Stadium and Turner Field, as the school continues its expansion at a six-acre site just north of Center Parc Stadium.

(Center Parc Stadium is what the former Turner Field and Olympic venue is now called after Georgia State acquired the former home of the Atlanta Braves, converted it to a college-football facility, and then implemented a master plan for redevelopment of the rest of the site.)

Grading and site preparation work for the convocation center is to begin next week, with construction expected to be completed in August 2022.

With flexible interior spaces, the new Georgia State arena will accommodate as many as 7,300 people for basketball games, 7,500 for graduation events and 8,000 for concerts, according to Ramesh Vakamudi, vice president of Georgia State Facilities Management.

The new facility will also include classroom and academic support space as well as the ability to accommodate large conferences and esports tournaments.

“The vision for this facility, and the direction we got from President Becker, was for this to be a truly multiuse facility,” Vakamudi said. “This is a facility that is desperately needed by Georgia State, which now graduates more than 10,000 students per year.”

Brasfield & Gorrie is the construction manager for the project. SLAM/Heery/Perkins & Will are the design architects and Gleeds is the program manager.

Rendering courtesy Georgia State University.