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    Georgia State wants to turn Turner Field into football stadium

    A $300 million development project.

    They also want to build a baseball stadium in the same footprint as the old Fulton County Stadium.

    This should make Champ967 very happy.

    http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/colle...to-foot/nfq8R/

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    Re: Georgia State wants to turn Turner Field into football stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawg06 View Post
    A $300 million development project.

    They also want to build a baseball stadium in the same footprint as the old Fulton County Stadium.

    This should make Champ967 very happy.

    http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/colle...to-foot/nfq8R/
    Yes. Just reading that piece gave me countless waves of indescribable pleasure.

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    Re: Georgia State wants to turn Turner Field into football stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by Champ967 View Post
    Yes. Just reading that piece gave me countless waves of indescribable pleasure.
    If Georgia State can pull this off, they'd without a doubt be next in line for C-USA.

    Vision concept:
    http://media.bizj.us/view/img/262853...2014-05-05.pdf

    Here's a few images.








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    Re: Georgia State wants to turn Turner Field into football stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawg06 View Post
    If Georgia State can pull this off, they'd without a doubt be next in line for C-USA.
    Georgia State already has a comparable endowment ($112 million), student body size (32,087 students), U.S. News Ranking (207-270 National), and large metropolitan area (Atlanta) to many of the new members of Conference USA. This would be the cherry on top for that university.
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    Re: Georgia State wants to turn Turner Field into football stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by TechAlum05 View Post
    Georgia State already has a comparable endowment ($112 million), student body size (32,087 students), U.S. News Ranking (207-270 National), and large metropolitan area (Atlanta) to many of the new members of Conference USA. This would be the cherry on top for that university.
    And a $26 million athletic budget.

    You are right. They are probably next in line even without landing this deal.

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    Re: Georgia State wants to turn Turner Field into football stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawg06 View Post
    And a $26 million athletic budget.

    You are right. They are probably next in line even without landing this deal.
    The only four teams I would consider from the Sun Belt Conference would be Georgia State, Arkansas State, UL-Lafayette, and South Alabama.

    South Alabama is less than 100 miles from Southern Miss, so S. Alabama might be out due to locational reasons. Arkansas State might claim the Memphis market, but there are still issues with student body size, endowment, and U.S. News Ranking.

    Compared to UL-Lafayette, Georgia State has a larger athletics budget, larger endowment, comparable U.S. News Ranking, double the student body size, and a much larger media market than Lafayette could ever boast. Georgia State plugs a huge hole in the southeast and gives C-USA access to the largest metro area in the southeast outside of Miami. To me, Georgia State is the most logical choice for a C-USA spot should a spot open up in the near future.
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    Re: Georgia State wants to turn Turner Field into football stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by TechAlum05 View Post
    The only four teams I would consider from the Sun Belt Conference would be Georgia State, Arkansas State, UL-Lafayette, and South Alabama.

    South Alabama is less than 100 miles from Southern Miss, so S. Alabama might be out due to locational reasons. Arkansas State might claim the Memphis market, but there are still issues with student body size, endowment, and U.S. News Ranking.

    Compared to UL-Lafayette, Georgia State has a larger athletics budget, larger endowment, comparable U.S. News Ranking, double the student body size, and a much larger media market than Lafayette could ever boast. Georgia State plugs a huge hole in the southeast and gives C-USA access to the largest metro area in the southeast outside of Miami. To me, Georgia State is the most logical choice for a C-USA spot should a spot open up in the near future.
    I think you forgot Texas State. Georgia State first. Texas State second if we lose a team from Texas. Everybody else from the Belch is a very distant fourth behind James Madison. Of the remaining Belch schools, Arkansas State would have the least amount of opposition.

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    Re: Georgia State wants to turn Turner Field into football stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawg06 View Post
    I think you forgot Texas State. Georgia State first. Texas State second if we lose a team from Texas. Everybody else from the Belch is a very distant fourth behind James Madison. Of the remaining Belch schools, Arkansas State would have the least amount of opposition.
    I thought about Texas State, but C-USA has UTSA in the San Antonio market right now. It doesn't seem right for the conference to double up in one major market, which makes the inclusion of FIU and FAU in the Miami market puzzling...but that's another discussion.

    Now if UTSA left the conference, then Texas State looks a lot more attractive. Either way, I'd still pick Georgia State over anyone else.
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    Re: Georgia State wants to turn Turner Field into football stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by TechAlum05 View Post
    I thought about Texas State, but C-USA has UTSA in the San Antonio market right now. It doesn't seem right for the conference to double up in one major market, which makes the inclusion of FIU and FAU in the Miami market puzzling...but that's another discussion.

    Now if UTSA left the conference, then Texas State looks a lot more attractive. Either way, I'd still pick Georgia State over anyone else.
    It's not doubling up in either market. FIU is in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market (#16), and Florida Atlantic is in the West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce market (#38). UTSA is in the San Antonio market (#36), and Texas State is in the Austin market (#40).

    Texas and Florida are by far the largest and most important states in C-USA's footprint as far as recruiting goes, and I think that's why it's necessary to have multiple teams in those two states. I don't think any other state is important enough to have multiple teams. Also, close travel partners reduce travel costs for the other teams in the league.

    I think the #1 criteria C-USA looks at is athletic budget. Georgia State, Texas State, New Mexico State (blocked by UTEP), James Madison, and Delaware (?) far surpass all the other potential candidates on that one.

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    Re: Georgia State wants to turn Turner Field into football stadium

    Appy State budget was projected to increase to $20M very soon. Not sure where that places them on the list.

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    Re: Georgia State wants to turn Turner Field into football stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by hookdown View Post
    Appy State budget was projected to increase to $20M very soon. Not sure where that places them on the list.
    Still well behind. Those other schools have $25-35MM budgets.

    http://www.latechbbb.com/forum/showt...=1#post1328498

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    Re: Georgia State wants to turn Turner Field into football stadium

    Thank goodness we had BVDV, who got us into C-USA.
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    Re: Georgia State wants to turn Turner Field into football stadium

    That's a great plan, I hope its followed through. The design is a win-win for Georgia State and Atlanta.

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    Re: Georgia State wants to turn Turner Field into football stadium

    Someone just jumped to the front of the line for possible C-USA targets if realignment occurs again.

    The deal for Georgia State to purchase Turner Field has been completed.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-...200555371.html
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    Re: Georgia State wants to turn Turner Field into football stadium

    Quote Originally Posted by maddawg View Post
    Thank goodness we had BVDV, who got us into C-USA.
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