LOGAN -- A ground-breaking ceremony for Utah State's new Wayne Estes Center, which will be located west of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, will take place on Monday at 10 a.m. The public is invited to the ceremony and a reception will follow.
The ceremonial shovel turning will feature President Stan L. Albrecht, Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes, Jim Laub, Blake Kirby, associate men's basketball coach Tim Duryea, head women's basketball coach Jerry Finkbeiner, head volleyball coach Grayson DuBose and current student-athletes Elle Brainard (volleyball), Danny Berger (men's basketball) and Makenlee Williams (women's basketball).
An introductory video and updated images will be available on Utah State's website at www.UtahStateAggies.com following the ceremony.
The $9.5 million, 32,000 square-foot basketball practice facility and volleyball competition venue will contain a regulation size competition court with chair back seating for 1,400 fans, along with a training room and in-season strength and conditioning area. Office space for both men's and women's basketball and volleyball will also be included in the new facility, as well as a locker room and film room for volleyball.
Ticketing and concession services will also be available on game days. Located inside the foyer of the Wayne Estes Center will be a visual tribute of the buildings namesake.
The facility, which was made possible following a lead gift of $5.25 million from Jim and Carol Laub (the largest single gift in the history of Aggie Athletics) is expected to be completed in April, 2014.
All funding for this new facility will come from private donations.