STATESBORO — Work has begun to build Georgia Southern University’s $5.8 million Shooting Sports Education Center.
Ground recently was broken for the 30,000-square-foot facility that will be open to students and the public. The facility will have public indoor archery and firing ranges and an outdoor archery range. During the next 12 to 18 months, Ajax Construction will build the facility at the corner of Old Register Road and Veterans Memorial Parkway.
According to a news release, the center will be the only facility of its kind east of the Mississippi River and will provide learning and recreational experiences for many students. The center is expected to bring thousands of visitors to campus and Statesboro each year for training, tournaments and competitions. It also will be the home of the Georgia Southern women’s rifle team.
“This is the epitome of a public, private and government partnership,” GSU President Brooks A. Keel said. “It’s a relationship where we have all come together to make something unique happen. The center will allow Georgia Southern to promote shooting safety, hunter safety and shooting education.”
The center is a partnership between Georgia Southern and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The DNR secured a $3.5 million grant to go along with private donations made to the university and support from the Easton Foundation and the city of Statesboro.