STATESBORO, GA--Wednesday renovations will officially begin at Paulson Stadium on the campus of Georgia Southern University.

The school is adding 6,200 seats to the stadium and a 50,000-square-foot Football Operations Center.

"[These] projects represent the initial steps in our journey into the Football Bowl Subdivision," said Georgia Southern Director of Athletics Tom Kleinlein. "As Georgia Southern continues to grow, it is important that our athletics facilities reflect the same commitmentthe University has demonstrated."

The expansion of seating will allow for half the student population to attend football games. Those same students voted overwhelmingly in support of a $25 per-semester fee to fund the construction.

Top-of-the-line facilities are expected to bring a boost to recruiting.

"We want to ensure that when we become a member of the Sun Belt Conference, our facilities are attractive to prospects, provide a great experience for our fans and student-athletes, and portray the image of the prominent university Georgia Southern has become," Kleinlein said.

The new seating is expected to be ready for the 2013 football season.

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