Hanner is back for basketball season

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  • Construction at Hanner Fieldhouse will be completed sometime between Oct. 10 and 15, according to Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations Jeffery Blythe.

Casey Cargle

Construction has been going on at Hanner Fieldhouse for a little over a month now, and there have been many speculations as to what exactly is being worked on inside the building.

The construction has been on Hanner’s eight major structural beams. These beams are being reinforced with steel. A welding company has been working on the beams for the past couple of weeks.

“The construction should be done between October 10 and the 15, if not sooner,” Jeffery Blythe, senior associate athletic director for internal operations, said.

It is still volleyball season, and the volleyball team has been playing home games at Statesboro High School, but they plan to move their games back into Hanner for the rest of the season.

There were also rumors of a gas leak inside of Hanner, but these are false. The fumes from welding caused a smell that went through the whole building, and a staff member thought it was a gas leak. The staff member called the university police, according to Blythe.

Hanner will be utilized for the remaining volleyball games, as well as for the start of basketball season

“We have a student body of over 20,000, and to get Hanner filled up would be outstanding,” Blythe said.