According to Chip Towers of Dawgnation.com, the University of Georgia will be renaming its indoor practice facility after football legend Billy Payne. An announcement by the university is expected soon, writes Chip Towers.
The official name of the facility will be the William Porter Payne Indoor Athletic Facility.
Payne, the former chair of the Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia, was a standout player under Vince Dooley from 1965-68 and served as the CEO for the Atlanta Committee that brought the Olympic Games to Atlanta in 1996. Loran Smith calls Payne the most accomplished Georgia letterman ever.
It was not immediately known if Payne donated money toward construction of the facility or others did in his honor, but a “substantial gift” generally is required by the regents for naming rights to a state building. The UGA Athletic Association reported that 100 percent of the funds for $30.2 million building were privately raised. The building was dedicated on Feb. 14, 2017, but has been in use since January of that year.