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, the $27 million, 72,000-square-foot facility located behind Alumni Stadium's north end zone. It includes football offices, meeting and breakout rooms, the team's locker rooms, a state-of-the-art sports medicine suite, strength and conditioning facility, the Eagles' football-specific equipment room, theater-style classrooms, recruiting amenities and player lounges.
The building also features the Murray Family Function Room, the Athletic Department's largest multi-function room that also benefits the entire BC campus. After viewing the firm's impressive work at North Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech, BC contracted DJS Design of Charlotte, N.C., for the concept, design and construction of the Hajjar Family 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 is displayed in the open with no glass enclosure. Click to take a tour.
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 funds 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 completed their move to the Yawkey Ccenter, workers began a multi-million dollar renovation to Conte Forum.
The construction provided 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. Several coaching staffs moved into larger office spaces in Alumni Stadium's South end zone, formerly the home of LRSA.
The football team's locker rooms received a major renovation heading into the 2015 season, and serve as the Yawkey Center's hub of activity year-round.