Holliman Athletic Center
In April 2005, Mississippi State officially dedicated a new, 46,000-square foot athletic center, providing Bulldog football with a new practice locker room, equipment room and team meeting rooms and lounge, as well as a state-of-the-art athletic training area and strength and conditioning facility. The new athletic center was officially christened the Holliman Athletic Center, a facility named in honor of MSU graduate and long-time university and athletic program supporter W.G. "Mickey" Holliman of Tupelo, Miss.
A native of Shuqualak, Miss., Holliman was the co-founder of Action Industries, now known as Lane Furniture, and is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Furniture Brands International. He serves on the executive committee of the Bulldog Club, the Board of Directors of the MSU Foundation and is currently president of the Bulldog Foundation.
The Holliman Athletic Center is located just east of the Shira Athletic Complex, State's original practice facility, which was constructed in the 1970s. The Shira Athletic Complex will retain its naming designation and be connected by a hallway to the new facility.
The first gift earmarked for the new facility was made by Julia and Jim Rouse, of Houston, Texas. Their donation earned naming rights for the 9,000-square foot strength and conditioning room. Equipped with the latest technology in weight training, more than $350,000 worth of equipment is housed in the Julia and Jim Rouse Weight Room. Jim Rouse, a 1962 graduate of MSU and an original member of the Bulldog Foundation, is the retired vice president of Exxon Mobile.
A naming gift from the Columbus Orthopedic Clinic, comprised of Drs. Charles Rhea, Rusty Linton, Scott Jones, and Chad Altmyer, made possible the new 4,500-square foot athletic training facility inside the Holliman Athletic Center. The surgeons at Columbus Orthopedic Clinic began handling the sports medicine needs of MSU athletes in 1981. Drs. Linton, Jones and Altmyer are all State graduates.
The F.L. Crane Company completed the athletic addition in 317 days from Board of Trustee, Institutions of Higher Learning project approval to dedication. Johnny Crane, a native of Itawamba County and a long supporter of MSU, spearheaded the construction. The team meeting room has been named the Johnny Crane Theater.