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Utah State Athletics facilities built in the last 15 years (5 items)

By , Deseret News

May 14, 2014

LOGAN — Utah State University will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening for the Wayne Estes Center on Wednesday at 1 p.m. The public is invited to the event and tours will be available until 3 p.m.

The Wayne Estes Center is the latest in a recent run of athletic facility overhauls at Utah State. Here is a quick look at what has been added in the past 15 years.

1 of 5. Romney Stadium improvements, 1999-2005

A string of relatively minor improvements came to Romney Stadium, starting with the completion of a new scoreboard in 1999.

In 2004 SprinTurf replaced the grass as the facility's playing surface. That turf was later updated on 2012.

Improving the fan experience became a priority, and in 2005 new concessions stands and restroom facilities were built while the south concourse was widened.

2 of 5. Jim & Carol Laub Athletics-Academics Complex, 2008

The school turned to the north part of stadium with addition of the Laub Complex. The three-story building blends academic and athletic pursuits.

On the first floor is the Aggie Hall of Honor that has modern displays of the exploits of all the Utah State Athletics sports teams — past and present. The expansive Dale Mildenberger Sports Medicine Complex and the Dr. John Worley Sports Medicine Research Center are also located on the first level, along with locker rooms from football, women's track and field, women's soccer and softball — not to mention a massive equipment room.

Offices and conferences for the football team are on the second floor, while one will also find classrooms, computer labs and tutoring rooms on the third floor. The rooms facing the stadium are rented out as luxury suites on the football game days.

3 of 5. Merlin Olsen statue, 2010

Seven months after Utah State legend Merlin Olsen died USU dedicated a statue in his honor. The bronze statue, created by Utah sculptor Blair Buswell, depicts Olsen in uniform. The statue, which is located in the south part of the stadium faces Olsen's boyhood home, located close the campus.

4 of 5. ICON Sports Performance Center, 2013

Thanks to largest singe gift in the history of USU Athletics from an anonymous donor, the $6.4 million, 21,000 square-foot facility opened last July.

Built just northwest of the stadium, the state-of-the-art multi-level facility serves 400 athletes from 16 sports programs.

5 of 5. Wayne Estes Center, 2014

The $9.7 million basketball practice facility and volleyball competition venue has seating for 1,400 fans, giving the women's volleyball team an intimate setting for home matches.

Office space for both men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams is also included. Located inside the foyer of the Wayne Estes Center is a visual tribute of the USU legend.
1. Ifel Of'a-sofa
Alpine, Utah,
May 14, 2014

Great to see USU investing in athletics...

I think Gary Andersen and the success he brought, and the winning attitude he gave to those kids, and the success they are having has pushed the expansions and additions. Thanks Coach A!

It is a great time to be an Aggie!

2. Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT,
May 14, 2014

Usu is a fun little regional program that I usually support. Most usu fans acknowledge they will never be the top program in the state and support Utah in that position. I don't watch many games because games against Wyoming, New Mexico, and unlv are painfully hard to pretend to get excited about(we know) but I want usu to do well none the less.

Go aggies
Go utes

3. AggiePride
Logan, UT,
May 14, 2014

Nice little passive aggressive message Chris B. If you stop with just that comment, I won't even be that annoyed by you.

It's been fun to watch all of the new buildings go up. Left off of this list is the Laub indoor football practice facility. Soon to be on this list will be the massive luxury box cantilevered over the West bleachers. It's exciting! Scott Barnes, Gary Anderson, Stan Albrecht, and many others deserve a lot of credit. Aggie football is here to say and looks a lot like the Utah program did in the early 2000's.

4. tinplater
scottsdale, AZ,
May 14, 2014

It is amazing to me how Chris B strives to be the first to post on anything USU...why he wastes his time reading about the Aggies escapes me. Our nice little regional program is competitive in its conference... something that cannot be said about the U. We gave more football players NFL opportunities than his big time program, so we are doing something really right and it is a lot of fun cheering for a team that has a legitimate chance to win its conference and go to a bowl game. USU will never become a premier national program, but hopefully it can be an exceptional one compared to its peers. The same cannot be said for Utah, and occasionally (like two years ago) we actually beat the U. That is sweet.

5. Sambonethegreat
Salt Lake City, UT,
May 14, 2014

Lol Chris is at it again! I thought he didn't care about little Utah State... why does he even comment around here? I would love for him to answer that question.

Does he actually think us Aggie fans need to be put in our place or something? That behavior reeks of insecurity coming from a "power" school like Utah.

U can have the PAC cellar, Chris. I'm happy near the top of the Mountain West (ya know, the league where U were actually relevant).