Marriott Center Gets a Little Brother
The Marriott Center is the sixth-largest Division 1 basketball arena in the NCAA. With a treasured past, this home to many college basketball record holders, is getting a little brother. The Marriott Center Annex will be located on the east side of the Marriott Center and will house a basketball practice facility.
Plans to construct the annex were announced in February 2015 and in the fall 2016 the facility will be ready to be used by the BYU basketball programs. With the fall semester just a couple months away, there is an excitement about the annex and what it means for the basketball teams.
BYU president Kevin J Worthen commented on the importance of this project and how it can help student-athletes to work their hardest in all they do.
“This is not just about basketball. Basketball is really important, but (the men's) and the women’s team[s] are some of the most visible representatives of what we’re trying to do at this university,” said Worthen.
BYU has a reputation of producing people who are hard working and want to make a difference in the world. The sports programs are no different and building this facility shows the commitment BYU has to bringing out the very best of people whether they are athletes or not.
BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe spoke of his optimistic attitude for what the new facility will bring to the historic programs of men’s and women’s basketball.
“Both our men’s and women’s teams have been very successful, and this new facility will certainly enhance both programs,” said Holmoe.
The groundbreaking took place on November 30, 2015, and construction began with the Wadman Corporation being selected as the contractor for the project. Construction has been moving along as planned, and it looks like it will be finished on time for the basketball season at the end of 2016.
The annex is funded completely by donors. Mainly Rex and Ruth Maughan and Keith and Melisa Nellesen. Most of the athletic facilities at BYU are also paid for by donations and the donors are always proud to be a part of it.
Rex Maughn said, “I love the plans and think it will be a wonderful asset not only for the players but also for the coaches. I think the location is just right, and it will be a great thing for the basketball programs and campus. We’re proud to be part of it.”
Writer: Collin W Smith
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