Mendenhall Center Announcement Quotes
UNLV Athletics Director Jim Livengood
"The group of people in our community, many of whom are sitting right here, were so generous in the terms of coming forward and saying to coach Kruger, 'let us help.' This group of people said let us design it, let us build it and let us donate it. I think that very succinctly says exactly what this is all about."
"To the members of the Mendenhall family, the Paulos family, the Wortman family, the Gallagher family and to the Anstett family, words will never be enough. Forever and simply, we can never say enough in terms of how we feel."
"Because of the generosity of these wonderful families, we are going to be able to compete against the very best. I would say of the top 25 programs in the country right now, I don't think there is a single program that does not have a practice facility."
UNLV President Neal Smatresk
UNLV Men's Basketball Head Coach Lon Kruger
"Barb and I have been here six years and we recently had the opportunity to say that we have never been part of any community that is more giving and more considerate of helping others and doing things for others than Las Vegas."
"The greatest part of any endeavor is the partnership and the feeling of doing it together and doing it for one another. And we never really took a step backward. Maury's leadership just kept pushing it forward, and he kept bringing people to the table and the result of that is we have a very, very special building."
"This is special for a lot of reasons. Number one, no program in the country - when a recruit takes a visit to different campuses - no program in the country can show them more during their 48 hours on campus than what we will be able to show. We have a core now of 15-16,000 people at ball games, so game night is fantastic. We have a practice facility now that will be the home to the players 24 hours, seven days a week, and no one can have better than that."
"It will pay dividends in a lot of ways. Other sports in our department will benefit. The weight room will be shared by women's basketball, volleyball, cheer and dance teams. The Lied Athletic Complex has done a great job, but we needed more space, and now we have it."
Tony Mendenhall, Las Vegas Paving
"This new facility is another tool that can be utilized to recruit quality student-athletes into your program and create academics and great athletics. Coach, on behalf of Bob Mendenhall and the family, we will remain dedicated supporters of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas."
Bob Mendenhall, Las Vegas Paving
James Leavitt, Chairman Of The Board Of Regents