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ACC Schools Literally Rebuilding Football Programs

Posted July 24, 2002 1:55 a.m. EDT

— A survey of Atlantic Coast Conference schools shows the nine schools have spent a half billion dollars on football facilities in the last five years.

The Charlotte Observer survey says that figure amounts to the gross national product of American Samoa.

The figure includes North Carolina State's $100 million expenditure to build a field house and expand Carter-Finley Stadium.

Georgia Tech is undertaking a $70 million upgrade to Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Two years ago, Virginia showed off the new Scott Stadium, which grew from 45,000 seats to more than 61,000. That cost $86 million.

Duke has just spent $22 million for its new field house.

Outgoing N.C.A.A. President Cedric Dempsey has publicly decried what he calls college football's "arms race." While A.C.C. Commissioner John Swofford is preaching caution, he says nothing can be done to stop it.