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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.