BOISE, Idaho - Today at its regularly scheduled meeting, the Idaho State Board of Education approved "Gene Bleymaier Football Complex" as the official name of the new Boise State Football Complex in honor of former Director of Athletics Gene Bleymaier.
Lead donors on the project, long-time Boise State boosters Larry Williams and Jerry Caven, made the naming request for the facility at the time of their donation in November of 2010.
In a joint statement Larry and Marianne Williams, and Jerry and Muriel Caven commented, "We are very proud to have the opportunity to contribute to the football complex. Under Gene's leadership Bronco football became a household name throughout the country. He displayed remarkable vision, the highest integrity, passion for helping others, astute business sense and unwavering loyalty to the University and Boise community."
Bleymaier served as the University's athletic director from February 1982 to August 2011, and was a driving force behind the new football complex.
Williams and Caven were also the lead donors on the Caven-Williams Indoor Sports Complex and have a long history of financial giving to the athletic department and University.
The 68,000-square-foot dream home for the football program includes coaches' offices and meeting rooms, an academic center, recruiting lounge, weight room, athletic training room, equipment room, players lounge and home locker room.
Bleymaier, who is now the athletic director at San Jose State, first came to Boise State in 1981 as an assistant athletic director. Less than a year later he became one of the youngest intercollegiate athletic directors in the country.
"Danell and I want to thank Larry and Marianne Williams, and Jerry and Muriel Caven for this meaningful recognition," Bleymaier commented. "We are honored."
During his 31 years directing the Bronco athletic department the program was a member of four different conferences (Big Sky, Big West, Western Athletic and Mountain West) and won numerous league and postseason championships.
Along with the $22 million football complex, other signature facilities built during his tenure include the Stueckle Sky Center (football press box and VIP seating), Caven-Williams Sports Complex (indoor practice facility), Arguinchona Basketball Complex (men and women), Dona Larsen Park (track and softball), Boas Tennis/Soccer Center, Allen Noble Hall of Fame Gallery, Peterson-Preco Learning Center, Appleton Outdoor Tennis Center, Jackson Indoor Track, the Simplot Center for Athletic Excellence, the Fedrizzi Fitness Center expansion and an expansion of the Nicholson-Yanke Center.