First Floor: Hajjar Family Football Musuem | Alfond Football Locker Room | New Locker Room Wall Graphics | Sports Medicine
Second Floor: Smith Family Strength and Conditioning Center | Barber Family Auditorium & Breakout Rooms
Third Floor: Football Coaches Offices
Fourth Floor: Learning Resources for Student Athletes

In March 2005, Boston College football staff and players as well as the Office of Learning Resources for Student-Athletes moved into the Yawkey Athletics Center, BC's new $27 million, 72,000-square-foot facility located behind the north end zone of Alumni Stadium. It includes new football offices, meeting and breakout rooms, locker rooms, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, equipment room, theater-style classrooms, recruiting and player lounges.

 

The building also features the Murray Family Function Room, a multi-function room larger than the Shea Room that will benefit the entire BC campus. After viewing the company's impressive work at North Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech, BC contracted with DJS Design of Charlotte, NC, for concept, design and construction of a football museum.

Located in the main entry lobby, the museum features a soaring bronze eagle atop a lighted granite pedestal as its centerpiece. A multimedia kiosk will enable visitors to watch video highlights of great games and players in BC football history. Visitors will be allowed to touch and have photos taken with Doug Flutie's Heisman Trophy, which will be displayed in the open with no glass enclosure.

BC received a commitment of $15 million from the Yawkey Foundation to help fund the new building and other athletics-related improvements to enhance intercollegiate, intramural and club sports. Other benefactors generously donated the rest of the money needed to complete the construction, making the Yawkey Center the first structure on the BC campus to be built entirely with private funds.

 

 

Completion of the Yawkey Center created a domino effect of facilities improvements for sports other than football. Once the football and Learning Resources staffs had completed their moves, workers began a multi-million dollar renovation to Conte Forum. The construction will provide new office and locker room space for many of BC's 31 varsity men's and women's sports as well as new office space for much of the administrative staff. Women's basketball moved into a new suite of offices shortly thereafter, and the old football locker room has been converted into five new locker rooms for women's sports. Many coaches and their assistants who had been working in cramped conditions have been relocated to new offices in the South end zone.

 

"The Yawkey Center has enabled us to enhance the locker room and office facilities for many of our women's and men's sports," Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo said. "We now have an outstanding facility for Learning Resources and expanded capacity in the Conte Forum weight room, equipment room and sports medicine areas. Our entire athletics program has benefited from it."