BYU Athletics unveiled the new football lobby in a ceremony honoring donors Wednesday at the Student Athlete Building.
Head coach Bronco Mendenall addressed the donors, expressing appreciation for their contributions and what the new lobby represents.
“I hope you look and see progress here,” Mendenhall said. “What we work hard to do is bring to life what you’re supporting so when others come in they know exactly who we are, what we represent, and why, and then ask how they can become a part of it. It inspires you to be someone who is stronger and a better version of yourself. Because of your support, you’ve made that come to life. This is a tangible way to show the direction we’re going.”
“I was awe-struck and inspired looking at this,” donor Jim Evans said. “You feel the spirit of what this is all about. It portrays the spirit of what coach Mendenhall wants BYU football to be about.”
Along with the 1984 National Championship trophy, the lobby features a Band of Brothers, Tradition, Spirit and Honor section. The walls display quotes from LDS general authorities as well as inspiring figures, past players and LaVell Edwards. Video screens show memorable moments in the history of BYU football. Down the hall from the lobby also features an updated missionary wall, featuring a map of where players have served missions and are currently serving.
A quote from Mendenhall also graces the wall, “The mission of BYU football has been, and always will be, to change lives through football excellence.”
“The lobby represents what the core of BYU football is – Tradition, Spirit, Honor,” athletic director Tom Holmoe said.
Check out some photos of the new lobby and other shots inside the football office.