PROVO, Utah – The Brigham Young University basketball program has a new home, right next door the Marriott Center.
Ground broke in November 2015 after the athletic department pushed for years to build an annex. Men’s basketball coach Dave Rose said he’s glad it’s finally here.
“(We can) stick our flag in the ground and say ‘We have done what we said we were going to do,'” Rose said.
The 38,000 square foot building has an exact replica of the Marriott Center floor. In addition, there are two nearly half-court shooting areas on each side.
“The annex is incredible,” said BYU guard Nick Emery. “You know, I spend countless hours in there developing my game myself.”
Each team has a film room with 85-inch televisions. In addition, players have a lounge room where they can study, as well as strength and conditioning and training rooms.
“It’s huge because we got a lot of guys that are just gym rats,” said BYU forward Yoeli Childs.
During the season, scheduling can become difficult when there are events being held at the Marriott Center. Coach Rose said they’ve had some situations this year where both teams have needed to practice at the same time, and that having a second gym allows the teams to hold practices without worrying about location.
Players said the annex could also help attract other high caliber athletes. “It was pretty important to me as a recruit to know that I would have a place to work on my game,” Childs said.